• Researchers, farmers and agronomists will have open access to 10,000 functional soil tests and digital data developed by Biome Makers using the most advanced technologies of DNA sequencing and Intelligence Computing. • This open call, that will support around 200 research projects, is part of fields4rever a global soil health action for the conservation and monitoring of soil health in agriculture promoted by Biome Makers. • Science and research institutions, farmers and agronomists are invited to submit projects related to categories such as carbon farming, soil-plant-microbial-interactions, types of soil and suitable crops, recover and maintain soil health, impossible soils, until August 31st.
Sacramento, 18th May 2020 - fields4ever is a global initiative for the conservation and monitoring of soil health, promoted by Biome Makers, biotech startup specialized in the identification and understanding of the microbiome via DNA and Intelligent Computing technologies. For the first time, Biome Makers is opening this advanced technology to the global research community, farmers and agronomists in order to support around 200 soil health action projects contributing to the scientific, technological or economical breakthrough of agriculture in relation to the soil bioactivity and functionality.
As its first contribution to fields4ever, Biome Makers has contributed with 10,000 of these monitoring tools, valued at €4 million that will be granted via this open call to researchers, besides additional open calls and initiatives involving agricultural players worldwide.
"We are really delighted to promote fields 4ever; it is the best way to support our researcher colleagues by giving them open technology for their soils project. This will help them to provide important and specific data related to the soil analysed. The projects under fields4ever initiative will help to resolve our soil health problem, to improve the worldwide food quality and to prevent the effects of climate change," explains Alberto Acedo, co-founder of Biome Makers.
This open call is global open to any research institution, public or private, with preference to European institutions and will grant projects falling to one of the following categories:
1. Carbon farming
a. Carbon footprint in agriculture
b. Soil carbon sequestration
2. Soil-plant-microbial interactions:
a. Plant nutrition
b. Plant diseases
c. Stressed agriculture management
3. Types of soil and suitable crops
4. Recover and maintain Soil Health
5. Impossible soils
b. Planting in space
c. The economics of soil health
Farmers and agronomist from LATAM, Africa, India or Asia have already applied for this fields4ever call that will be active until 31st August. Lines of investigation are open to any kind of project related with soil health, for example:
• Explaining yield differences in soils under similar conditions
• Applying bioactive products in my field: Monitoring my soil status
• Measuring disease risks for more respectful soil management
• My soil is unique and alive (differentiation/terroir/regionality)
• Boosting soil bioactivity (including carbon sequestration)
• Projects in small farms in development areas (Africa / LATAM)
Open Call conditions and benefits
fields4ever open call for researchers, farmers and agronomists grants free of charge services from the fields4ever partners. In this specific call, the research beneficiaries will access to BeCrop® tests, an advanced soil microbiome testing technology developed by Biome Makers. Researchers will also receive digital data coming from soil samples including full microbial profiles (bacterial and fungal species) and functional soil data in the form of different agronomic indexes to support their research and help to achieve their goals.
"I encourage researchers and research organizations, farmers and agronomist to participate in this initiative, not only because it will help in their projects but also because they will be part of a global community of soil specialists working to improve health of our lands and the food they produce.", remarks Alberto Acedo.
Applications can be submitted until August 31st. A group of experts with scientific, industrial and agronomic background will evaluate the proposals in a continuous evaluation process during the application period to ensure the quality of the research carried out under this Open Call.
Unhealthy soil, a worldwide issue
Improving the soil health of agricultural lands holds the potential for achieving meaningful conservation and economic benefits, as well as mitigating the growing threat of climate change. Indeed, unhealthy soil is becoming a worldwide issue.
In order to provide a pragmatic and measurable approach and to homogenize soil quality assessment, Biome Makers has promoted fields4ever that is involving relevant stakeholders in the global agriculture ecosystem such as farmers, agroinput providers, technical support service operators and regulators. The European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program has contributed to fields4ever initiative to impact European agriculture and soil positively.
Fields4ever initiative looks at the soil as a living ecosystem and utilizes the soil microbiome as biomarker for soil health and productivity. Soil is a precious natural resource inhabited by a community of microorganisms - the soil microbiome, a connected microbial network that reflects any modifications happening in-field. Indeed, the soil microbiome is the most powerful and natural biomarker of the soil bioactivity and its functionality. Furthermore, the soil microbiome plays an essential role in crops' development and productivity and is being considered as the external plant immune system.
Open Initiative for partners in agro ecosystem
As a global initiative fields 4ever, is looking for public and private partners and supporters to expand this action, to contribute by their coordinated actions to restore life in agriculture land, to promote sustainability across soil biodiversity, and to increase yield. Fields4ever has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 947084 . Any organizations can contribute to the initiative in different forms. Together, it is possible can expand the scope and goals of this initiative putting soil health in the center of the action.
Fields4ever is a global initiative powered by Biome Makers for the conservation and monitoring of soil health by promoting the development of more sustainable and respectful agriculture management. It is open to any organization supporting agriculture, public or private.
Biome Makers is a global agtech company modeling soil functionality to enhance the productivity of arable soils. Starting in 2015, we have developed a patented technology integrating DNA Sequencing and ecological computing technologies cracking one of the more complex biomarkers, soil microbiome. Its multidisciplinary team has been widely recognized and awarded from the industry that we can drive sustainability and help regenerate the soil. We are on the mission to become the leading soil functionality platform by enabling soil data integrations with other precision agtech platforms and lead data-driven recommendations of most suitable inputs and currently working with farmers Worldwide to enhance their living soil.