Startup working on AI-optimized bacteria for agriculture

Feb 07, 2018, 7:01 AM EST
(Source: Ryan McMinds/flickr)
(Source: Ryan McMinds/flickr)

The Earth is estimated to host another two billion people by 2050, and feeding this number calls for mammoth amounts of food. A biotech startup, called Indigo Agriculture, is working on plant Probiotics, which involves developing AI-optimized bacteria for speeding up crop growth, boosting yield and enhancing crop resilience.

In the process, researchers will pump a bunch of beneficial microbes into the plants to restore their microbiome balance, which has been disturbed by our use of chemicals and fungicides, notes Digital Trends.

Identifying the beneficial bugs, defining their individual roles and then combining them with emerging technologies in the plant breeding space still remains an uphill task for researchers.