SÃO PAULO and BOSTON, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Agrivalle, a leading Brazilian agricultural biologicals company, today announced a new partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA), which is building the leading platform for cell programming and biosecurity. Together, the companies will collaborate on building cutting edge technologies to advance Agrivalle’s biological products, including next-gen fertilizers and biocontrol agents.
Ginkgo is bringing its suite of advanced biology tools to the partnership with Agrivalle. Ginkgo will leverage its Strain Optimization Services to improve the efficacy of Agrivalle’s biocontrol products. In planned future projects, Ginkgo intends to work with Agrivalle to discover and optimize plant-compatible microbes that can provide crop nutrition, and to engineer organisms that can make compounds to specifically target certain pests. This, in turn, could help Agrivalle enhance the breadth and efficacy of their novel biological products and enable them to sell and license products to major players in agriculture across the globe.
Growers continue to have an increased need for effective and sustainable alternatives to pest control products. Brazil has been home to massive growth in biologicals, thanks in part to regulatory frameworks that encourage innovation in the development of biologicals for sustainable agriculture. The Brazilian government has also made it easier for startups to finance manufacturing plants and to register biological products. This has led the country to become the largest biologicals market for agriculture, growing over 30% a year.
“We are so excited to partner with Agrivalle on getting groundbreaking biological products into the hands of growers,” said Jason Kelly, co-founder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks. “Agrivalle is a vanguard of innovation in Brazil with proven R&D, manufacturing, and sales prowess, and we’re thrilled to help them optimize and advance their products as they seek to expand globally.”
“Choosing Ginkgo as a strategic partner will enable Agrivalle products to be at the forefront of agricultural excellence,” said André Kraide, CEO of Agrivalle. “Having access to Ginkgo’s demonstrated technical capabilities and expertise in biologicals R&D will help us take our products to the next level and support growers who seek superior bio-based technology.”
To learn more about Ginkgo Strain Optimization Services, please visit https://www.ginkgobioworks.com/offerings/strain-optimization-services/.
About Ginkgo Bioworks
Ginkgo Bioworks is the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, providing flexible, end-to-end services that solve challenges for organizations across diverse markets, from food and agriculture to pharmaceuticals to industrial and specialty chemicals. Ginkgo’s biosecurity and public health unit, Concentric by Ginkgo, is building global infrastructure for biosecurity to empower governments, communities, and public health leaders to prevent, detect and respond to a wide variety of biological threats. For more information, visit ginkgobioworks.com and concentricbyginkgo.com, read our blog, or follow us on social media channels such as X (formerly known as Twitter) (@Ginkgo and @ConcentricByGBW), Instagram (@GinkgoBioworks and @ConcentricByGinkgo), Threads (@GinkgoBioworks) or LinkedIn.
Agrivalle, a leading manufacturer of biologicals with two decades of experience, is a leader in regenerative agricultural systems that offers innovative, transformative, and sustainable solutions based on a diverse and multifunctional product portfolio. Located in Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, its manufacturing footprint exceeds 860,000 square feet and has an annual production capacity of about 12 million gallons.
One of Agrivalle’s major investments is in research and development. The company boasts an extensive genetic bank of microorganisms, with over 1,000 proprietary strains encompassing enormous biotechnological potential. With over 300 employees, the company works towards boosting productivity in the field and promoting more profitable and sustainable agriculture for producers. Agrivalle’s portfolio includes biological pest control products and specialty fertilizers.
Agrivalle believes in life as a source of life and aims to contribute to the maintenance and balance of soil quality, plants, ecosystems, and their regeneration.
To learn more about Agrivalle, visit the website: https://agrivalle.com.br/
Forward-Looking Statements of Ginkgo Bioworks
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