Farmers face more challenges than ever before. A growing global population and the need for conservation mean that crop yields must increase as well as become more resource efficient. The water footprint of farming is a critical issue, with over 80% of freshwater in the United States used for agriculture.
Asilomar Bio is creating crop protection tools to enhance harvest yields and efficiency by leveraging our breakthrough technology in plant science and chemical manufacturing.
Enhancing water use efficiency
We are developing a first in class crop enhancement product that improves the water use efficiency of plants - getting more ‘crop per drop’ for growers. This product can be applied as a foliar spray or seed treatment to increase yields and reduce water requirements in field crops, fruits and vegetables, and turf. We are currently performing field trials across North America, Europe, and in the Southern Hemisphere.
Combating parasitic weeds
Parasitic weeds are one of the major constraints on crop yield in sub-Saharan Africa, threatening the livelihood of millions of farming families. We are developing a non-toxic product that can be applied to infested fields to eliminate parasitic weeds. We are advancing this research with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with field trials in Kenya and Uganda.
Eric Davidson - Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Eric founded Asilomar Bio to deliver step change technologies for improving agriculture in a sustainable way. Eric was previously a research associate at Imperial College London, where he developed integrated genetic, software, and hardware tools for programming biological systems. Eric holds a Ph.D. and B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Travis Bayer - Founder and Chief Technology Officer. Travis is a biochemist with experience developing technologies for the bioprocessing, fine chemicals, energy, and mining sectors. Before starting Asilomar, Travis was an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Travis received his Ph.D. from Caltech and B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.
If you are interested in working on some of the biggest challenges facing agriculture, we would love to hear from you. Open positions can be found here.
Partners and support
We are supported by investments from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures and Fall Line Capital, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.