We have bioengineer the DNA of soil bacteria to significantly increase the production of bacterial cellulose in agricultural soil. The excretion of carbon-rich cellulose around the roots of crops will help reduce net agricultural carbon emissions through greater water retention in the soil, support a wide range of other plant growth promoting bacteria, and reduce the need for chemical fertiliser.

Our technology also have 3 wider benefits: (1) reducing the need worldwide for irrigated water being applied to crops, which is responsible for 70% of global freshwater consumption; (2) Improving the quality of marginal arable land and reversing the spread of nutrient depleted soils in arid regions of the world, which are suffering from higher temperatures, drought and desertification. (3) Substantially contributing to achieving global net-zero emissions by 2050 by increasing the production of bacterial cellulose, which aids plant health and the sequestration of carbon through atmospheric CO2 absorption. 

Our approach 

 

Increase water retention in agricultural soil.

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• Increased water retention
 
• Biologically active self-sustaining water retention
 
• Reduced environmental water loss
 
• Reduced irrigated water costs
 
• Increased plant growth-promoting microbiome

• Increased soil organic carbon content 

• Sequester atmospheric carbon 


• Nutrient retention in bio-scaffold
 
• Increased crop yield

Awards

  • Biotechnology Yes 19 

  • Invited speakers at The Royal Society