FA Bio appoint five specialist advisors to strengthen their offering

As FA Bio focus on their new mission, they appoint five specialist advisors to help navigate their journey to identifying sustainable farming solutions. Following the announcement to pivot their mission from offering diagnosis tools to identifying sustainable farming solutions, FA Bio have enlisted the advice and guidance of five prestigious expert advisors, to enhance and … Read more

FA Bio Collaborate with UK Growers

FA Bio collaborate with UK growers as part of their cereal microbial sampling campaign During the month of October (2021) FA Bio have distributed 500 of their SporSenZ sensors, a unique soil microbial screening technology, to UK cereal growers as part of their campaign to discover superior soil microbes.   The SporSenZ technology facilitates the … Read more

The next ‘Green Revolution’

Our CEO and Co-Founder Ángela de Manzanos Guinot, PhD Since the Green Revolution, which started in the 1960s, the levels of crops grown and harvested per unit area of land have massively increased at a great cost to the global environment. Over the past 40 years the Earth has lost one third of arable land … Read more

How can microbes help agriculture?

Soil Microorganism in a Petri Dish Theoretically, if all farmers could achieve the highest attainable yield — worldwide crop production would rise by 45-70%. The yield losses come from inadequate fertilizer or water, or by losses to pests or disease. A study by Oerke in 2006 reported yield reductions of up to 50-80% without crop … Read more

Can microbes reduce crop loss due to diseases?

Corn leaf blight of maize Plant diseases and pests are the largest contributors to crop losses worldwide, with an estimated 27–42% in production systems and potential losses of 48–83% in the absence of crop protection (Oerke and Dehne, 2004). Biocontrol is the use of biological organisms to control plant diseases. The use of biocontrol could … Read more

What is Pythium?

Discovering Pythium and how it influences agricultural crops Pythium is an oomycete, and even though oomycetes were previously considered a fungi, it has been recently shown that oomycetes are actually closer related to golden algae, brown algae, yellow-green algae and diatoms (read more). However, it is still common to find Pythium species considered as fungi … Read more

How is agriculture changing and what technologies are facilitating this?

A few centuries ago the world was largely dominated by farmers. Back then, 90% of the world’s population practiced what was mainly subsistent farming, providing food and selling crop for their needs as well as for their family. Today, however, that story has changed – only 2% of the world’s population produce and fulfill the … Read more

How can we help protect our beloved Cavendish Banana from Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense or Panama Disease?

47% of the global banana production is in danger. The Cavendish banana, which makes up 99% of the global banana export, is being threatened by the Panama disease. This devastating disease, also known as Fusarium wilt, is caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical race 4 (Foc TR4). FungiAlert can quickly … Read more

What are good and bad soil microorganisms?

Where do microorganisms come from? Microorganisms are organisms too small to be viewed solely by the eye, they are everywhere, from the poles to the equators, including deserts, geysers, rocks, volcanos and even in the deep sea. They even live in bigger living organisms, forming part of the microbiota found in and on every multicellular … Read more

Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cepae: the threat against onions

Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cepae: the threat against onions Onions. You chop them into your Friday night salsa, or sauté them in your Tuesday night stir fry. But have you ever thought about the challenges the humble onion faces? The onion has been farmed across the UK for centuries, and on a global scale, the onion is … Read more

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