Researching the New Frontier
By Jessica Theisman, Associate Editor
California Ag Today recently spoke with Robert McBride of Boost Biomes. McBride explained his vision for the company.
“It’s the new frontier; It has not been researched that much,” he said.
He told us that the company is working on getting the correct microbes into the soil to enhance plants’ productivity.
“I would say the key thing that we think about in terms of getting the right microbes into the soil is that microbes are kind of like a plant’s second genome,” McBride said.
Genomes have the ability to impact the plant’s phenotype, along with the way the plants grow in different temperatures and soil salinity levels.
“They can change the flavor of the fruits and it is all controlled by the microbes in the rhizosphere,” McBride explained.
Boost Biomes is interested in controlling pest resistance. The microbiome shifts to a state that is protective.
“What we would like to do is take soils that are not protective and encourage that shift to happen more quickly,” McBride said.
Boost Biomes takes advantage of the natural microbes in the soil and rhizosphere that protect the plants.
“We are trying to identify the right network to put into the soil to get into the rhizosphere to make the plants resistant against diseases,” McBride explained.