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New VofV Podcast Episode – The Next Wave of Agtech: Plant Probiotics

Posted on November 30, 2021 13:55 PM by WGCIT

Are you wondering what the next hot opportunity in agtech is? Ponder no further. It’s microbes (aka probiotics for plants).

Bruce Caldwell, chemical engineer extraordinaire and founder/CEO of 3Bar Biologics, has spent the last 15 years working on technology that delivers live, viable microbes to farmers. These supercharged microbes have the ability to continuously activate based on plant needs and improve field performance better than synthetic products.

Good news! He’s perfected the tech and even won $250K last month during the Western Growers/S2G Ventures AgSharks Pitch Competition to ramp up manufacturing. In the newest episode of Voices of the Valley, Bruce reveals the secret behind commercializing new tech platforms, the recipe for winning startup pitch competitions, and how to develop a product that is specific enough to meet the needs of individual farms but general enough to be applied to numerous operations. 

Click here to listen to Bruce’s podcast episode. Subscribe to the Voices of the Valley podcast in several ways:

To learn more about how Bruce is revolutionizing the way that chemistry from microbes is being delivered to plants to help them grow and fight off stress and disease, visit the 3Bar Biologics website here.

The Voices of the Valley Podcast is hosted by Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology. To learn more about the Voices of the Valley podcast or to be featured as a guest, contact Dennis Donohue at ddonohue@wga.com.