Aug 20, 2020

Zymergen and FMC Team up to Harvest the Next Crop Protection Breakthrough

by Zach Serber, Zymergen Chief Science Officer

Zymergen is joining forces with FMC, a leading agricultural sciences company, to change the very nature of crop protection…with nature. FMC provides truly innovative solutions to growers around the world with a product portfolio that’s market-driven, and they’ve got a strong development pipeline in crop protection, plant health, and professional pest and turf management. Together, we’re creating breakthrough crop protection products, and developing a new – and faster – natural products discovery process along the way.

Since their founding, FMC has been focused on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to the toughest challenges facing the agriculture industry; be they mechanical, chemical or economical. And like Zymergen, they see a huge opportunity in the power of biology. 

Zymergen partners with Nature to uncover molecular solutions to some of humankind’s most vexing challenges – biosourcing materials, repelling insect vectors of disease, plastics degradation, feeding the planet. Our broad platform and impatience to solve these important challenges aligns us with like-minded companies who possess a deep understanding of the problems and the opportunities in their sectors. And like FMC, we are keen to tackle big issues and develop new products in new, better ways.

 Zymergen has built the largest metagenomic library in the world, and being able to combine our technology and processes with FMC’s deep understanding of agriculture will greatly speed the development of cost-effective and higher-performing agricultural products. To deliver, we will target biochemical processes specific to known pests, and scale production for viable natural product gene clusters. Harnessing our proprietary library, fermentation capabilities and bioinformatics experience, FMC will provide selection criteria reflective of growers’ needs for novel modes of action to manage resistance. 

I am truly impressed by the FMC team’s eagerness to augment their already massive agriculture technology portfolio with Zymergen’s ability to find solutions in Nature. They are one of the fastest growing companies among the top 10 agriculture industry leaders, and by virtue of their commitment to innovation I’d say they are well on their way to the top spot. It’s an exciting day for us – and for the future of crop protection.  

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