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Indigo Biological Science

What if plants could protect themselves?

Since its inception, Indigo Ag has been on the cutting edge of scientific innovation. We leverage powerful microbiology, machine learning, and digital technologies to make agriculture more productive, profitable, and sustainable.

While our goals are ambitious, we think big by starting small  at the microscopic level.







To discover the microorganisms with the greatest positive impact on crop health and harvests, Indigo’s Biologicals team scours the globe for strong, thriving plants among less thriving neighbors. These “survivor” plants could possess a microbial advantage in fields subject to high stress.

Back in the lab, Indigo scientists isolate and identify bacteria and fungi inside that may have allowed these plants to withstand harsh environments. These all-natural microbes are then combined in a formulation carefully developed to be used in conventional seed treaters to coat seed as part of our biotrinsic™ product offering. Since the microorganisms that we harness are rigorously tested and selected for compatibility with seed chemistries, planting methods, and plant care strategies, seed providers and farmers can follow Indigo instructions for use and seamlessly combine Indigo products with their management practices. And because we've invested significantly in shelf-life and stability, seed treated with Indigo® Biological Technology will maintain viability and efficacy between purchasing and planting — even after weeks of on-farm storage.

Indigo® Biological Technology

Indigo’s collection of beneficial, proprietary microbes has the capacity to help protect crops from nearly every abiotic stress imaginable – from extreme temperatures and water scarcity, to nutrient-deficient soils. By helping shield plants from tough conditions and enhancing their use of resources such as water, Indigo microbes have the potential to improve yields, increase farm revenue, and ultimately reduce the need for fertilizers.

What sets Indigo Biologicals apart

We strive for best-in-class performance across our portfolio of crops. Lab testing and small plot trials alone are not sufficient to achieve our high standards, so we work in tandem with farmers to assess our seed treatments in real-world, commercial-scale settings. It’s a step we take to ensure Indigo crops exceed customer expectations acre after acre, season after season. We’re also fortunate to employ and partner with some of the brightest minds in the business: scientific advisors, research universities, and other collaborators whose decades of microbiology experience have strengthened our technology.

Where we're headed

In previous decades, agricultural productivity steadily advanced with the advent of new breeding techniques, synthetic fertilizers, traits, and other industrial technologies. But that growth has since stalled, and productivity has reached a plateau. Rather than chase incremental gains in crop yields, what if we focused instead on fortifying plants against environmental pressures preventing global harvests from potentially doubling, or even tripling? That’s the future Indigo envisions. Microbe by microbe, we’re working to break the productivity ceiling and raise the bar for more beneficial agriculture.

Our Biological products: biotrinsic™

Introducing biotrinsicTM, a proprietary collection of seed treatments harnessing beneficial microbes, to help farmers' plants start strong and stay strong by developing a more robust root and plant structure.

This year my Indigo wheat yielded 51 bushels per acre. I had a comparison right next to it that was 40 bushels per acre. We had only around 10 inches of rain, and our average is up around 20.

Indigo Wheat Farmer, Barber County, KS

Open Quotation MarkA characteristic of natural microbes that makes them more powerful than traditional crop technologies like chemistries and GMOs is their ability to respond rapidly to their environment. Whether it’s cool, hot, wet, or dry, they respond. And they do so within seconds.Close Quotation Mark

Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Indigo Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Open Quotation MarkI was able to apply less fungicide to my rice crop this year because of the Indigo treatment.Close Quotation Mark

John W. Garrett III

Provident City, TX


Open Quotation MarkIndigo has transformed a promising discovery into a product that can perform at scale to deliver substantial yield increases on modern commercial farms. The application of the plant microbiome to agriculture represents a naturally derived solution that works to address today’s environmental stresses, with the potential to dramatically improve long-term agricultural sustainability.Close Quotation Mark

Dr. Gregory Sword, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

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