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New research data published in Frontiers in Microbiology confirm the microbiome’s potential to impact plant health

February 28, 2017 | Indigo Agriculture
  • Beneficial microbes—referred to as endophytes—are sourced in nature and can be re-introduced into the plant through seed coating to improve plant health in agriculture      
  • Researchers at Indigo and the Austrian Institute of Technology demonstrated that a novel spray technique on flowers enables the transfer of beneficial microbes into its seeds     
  • The plants grown from the seeds produced by the treated flowers demonstrated improved growth and increased yield 

Boston, Massachusetts, February 28, 2017 - Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help growers sustainably feed the planet, announced today the publication of research to improve the microbiome of crop plants. Plants depend upon a complex environment that contains beneficial bacteria and fungi for healthy growth and development. Some microbes that live within the plant itself are known as ‘endophytes’ and are fundamental to the health of plants. Until now, data have shown that these beneficial microbes can be incorporated into plants via association with the soil, or by coating endophytes directly onto seeds.  

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Indigo’s Partnership Model Reduces Grower Risk

February 08, 2017 | Indigo Agriculture

By Eric Jeck

The economics of farming are increasingly tilted against the grower.

Growers invest heavily upfront in land, equipment, labor and expensive inputs including seed, chemistry and fertilizer, typically borrowing to do so. They then do their best to manage through whatever weather (or other environmental conditions) impact how much of a crop their fields produce. Ultimately, the value of their crop fluctuates meaningfully with dynamic commodity prices. Growers assume most of the risk in what is typically a leveraged business model with highly variable outcomes.

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Agriculture takes promising step towards boosting crop yields

January 10, 2017 | The Financial Times

By Clive Cookson

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Indigo’s Preliminary Commercial Data Demonstrate Significant Yield Gains for Growers with Plant Microbiome Product

January 09, 2017 | Indigo Agriculture
  • Indigo™ Cotton demonstrated an average yield improvement of 11% in the target environment of West Texas
  • Farmers experienced productivity gains in diverse growing conditions without increased use of water or agricultural chemicals
  • Novel R&D platform and economic proposition enable continuous innovation in cotton and other crops

Boston, Massachusetts, January 9, 2017 - Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help growers sustainably feed the planet, announced preliminary data from its first commercial product, Indigo™ Cotton. Launched in the spring of 2016 on approximately 50,000 acres across multiple states, Indigo Cotton is a seed treatment based on naturally occurring, in-plant microbes (endophytes). Indigo Cotton has been developed to help increase water use efficiency, with the goal of improving yields when plants are growing under water stress.

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Indigo Innovation: A Model of Continuous Improvement

January 09, 2017 | Indigo Agriculture

By David Perry

Today, we are sharing the data from the commercial launch of our first product, Indigo™ Cotton.

I’m pleased to report that the commercial data indicate that Indigo Cotton led to an 11% yield increase in the target geography of West Texas, a region that produces nearly half of all US cotton. Based on our research, we had previously set the expectation of a 10% yield increase. It is inspiring to meet and exceed that expectation at large-scale, across more than 40,000 acres.

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10 Mass. companies to watch in 2017

December 31, 2016 | The Boston Globe

At the former Hood dairy plant, scientists working for Indigo Agriculture are trying to coax bacteria and fungi to produce supercharged versions of everyday plants. If they succeed, farmers could begin harvesting crops that require less water and fewer pesticides, all without having to mess with a plant’s DNA. There’s a lot of money betting they can pull it off.

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Indigo to partner with Flinders University in South Australia

December 07, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

At Indigo, we seek to partner with academic institutions worldwide in their research dedicated to the plant microbiome. These partnerships are essential as we work to bring innovative microbial products to growers. We are always eager to expand our network of academic collaborators, and are excited to share this news of our recent partnership with Flinders University in South Australia.

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Farmers Are Manipulating Microbiomes to Help Crops Grow

October 10, 2016 | Wired

By Sarah Zhang

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Microbiome Companies Attract Big Investments

September 18, 2016 | Wall Street Journal

By Brian Gormley

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To save on water, seeds get microbes

July 23, 2016 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A couple of Arkansans are key parts of a Massachusetts agritech research firm's plans to spend some $100 million to help farmers raise crops on less water and eventually help feed the planet's population more efficiently.

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Looking to double headcount, Charlestown food-tech startup raises $100M

July 21, 2016 | Boston Business Journal

By Greg Ryan

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Indigo Raises $100M in Series C Funding; Company Launches First Commercial Product for Water Efficiency in Cotton

July 21, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

Boston, Massachusetts, July 21, 2016  Indigo, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announced today that it has closed a $100 million Series C investment, the largest private equity financing in the agriculture technology sector. The round was led by the $54 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, with participation from previous investors, including Flagship Ventures, Altitude Life Science Ventures and members of the management and board. The new funds will be applied to expand ongoing research and development efforts, to extend Indigo’s team, and to scale commercial operations in preparation for the launch of the company’s second product offering later this year. As part of its long­term commitment to Indigo, the Alaska Permanent Fund also intends to invest a similar amount in Indigo’s future financings.

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Q&A: Indigo's CEO Reveals the Logic Behind Its Plant Microbiome Technology

July 21, 2016 | BostInno

By Olivia Vanni

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Indigo Raises $100M Series C, the 'Largest' Private Equity Round for an AgTech Co

July 21, 2016 | BostInno

By Dylan Martin

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[VIDEO] Innovating ag & boosting farmers' harvests

July 21, 2016 | CNBC Squawk Alley

By Editorial Staff

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This Bug Startup Just Raised $100 Million To Fight Hunger

July 21, 2016 | Fortune

By Dan Primack

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New Way to Boost Crop Production Doesn’t Rely on GMOs or Pesticides

July 21, 2016 | MIT Technology Review

By Mike Orcutt

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Indigo racks up $100 mln Series C

July 21, 2016 | PE Hub

By Iris Dorbian

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[ARTICLE & VIDEO] A Seed Grows in Boston

July 21, 2016 | TechCrunch

By Signe Brewster 

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New probiotic seeds grow crops that require less water to survive

July 21, 2016 | The Verge

By Alex Brokaw

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Ag-tech startup Indigo raises $100 million new funding round

July 21, 2016 | Reuters

By Heather Somerville

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Indigo’s Microbial Tech for Crops Lands $100M to Fight Plant Stresses

July 21, 2016 | Xconomy

By Frank Vinluan

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Indigo Agricultural Raises $100M for Microbiome Crop Technology

July 21, 2016 | Wall Street Journal

By Tomio Geron

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Indigo Raises $100m in Agtech’s Largest Funding Round, Launches First Seed Coating Product

July 21, 2016 | AgFunder

By Lauren Manning

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Plants have a microbiome just like humans — and it could transform how our food is produced

July 21, 2016 | Business Insider

By Ariel Schwartz

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Introducing Indigo’s First Commercial Product: Improving Cotton’s Water Use Efficiency for a Water Constrained World

July 21, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

By David Perry

Growing up in Arkansas, we knew where our water came from. A plastic pipe allowed water to gravity flow from a nearby spring to a concrete water tank next to our house. Overflow from the spring formed a creek which we dammed to form a seven acre pond that we used to supply water for irrigation, livestock, fishing, and swimming.  

Our system was simple. When rainfall was low, the flow from the spring was less and the pond levels dropped, and we knew that we had to conserve.

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Indigo raises $100m to help grow hardier crops

July 20, 2016 | The Boston Globe

By Curt Woodward

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Will microbes save agriculture?

June 02, 2016 | The Los Angeles Times

By Geoffrey Mohan

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The Economics of Farming

April 18, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

By Rachel Raymond

The business of farming has always been synonymous with significant risk. Farmers’ basic business model involves a significant upfront investment in land and machinery. On top of that, on an annual basis, farmers purchase many of their inputs at the beginning of the season, and then must make management decisions throughout the growing cycle to try to minimize the downside created by unpredictable weather patterns. The demand that farmers meet with their production is a function of the ever increasing world population - we all depend on them to produce our food. We at Indigo are passionate about our mission to support farmers in this important undertaking.

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Indigo Is Researching Microbes So We Can Feed the next Billion People

April 14, 2016 | Big Think

By Natalie Shoemaker

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The Indigo Promise

March 21, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

By Katie Czerepak

Hopefully by now you know that we here at Indigo are trying to do something extraordinary, and to accomplish extraordinary goals, you need extraordinary people. This post should tell you a little bit about our team and the culture we are building.

At Indigo, everything starts with our purpose and our values. Every day we are driven by our purpose: to harness nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. Our values, which you can read in detail HERE, were developed by the whole company and go beyond just a list of ideals; they define and guide us.

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Why Indigo?

March 07, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

By Geoffrey von Maltzahn

We here at Indigo have been getting this question a lot over the past few weeks. As a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help feed the planet, some are curious about how “Indigo” aligns with our mission.

In fact, Indigofera, the crop genus from which indigo is derived, has a rich agricultural history - one that embodies our ambitious goals and values as we strive to help improve farming and our foods. This history resonated with us, and elements of our own research also pointed us to the name. We’ll get to that, but first, what exactly is indigo?

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One Startup’s Plan to Grow More Crops: Put The Germs Back In

February 19, 2016 | The Verge

By Ben Popper 

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These Probiotics For Plants Could Help Feed The World

February 18, 2016 | Fast Company

By Adele Peters

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Startup Indigo wants to use bacteria to create hardy super-crops.

February 18, 2016 | The Boston Globe

By Nidhi Subbaraman

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This Startup Wants to Use Bacteria to Revolutionize How Our Food Is Produced

February 18, 2016 | Fortune

By Beth Kowitt

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Startup Bets Its Magic Touch on Seeds Can Boost Crop Yields

February 18, 2016 | MIT Technology Review

By Mike Orcutt

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Indigo Agriculture Digs Up $30.5M to Bring Probiotics to Plants

February 18, 2016 | Wall Street Journal

By Lora Kolodny

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Indigo Is Mapping Plant Microbiomes To Produce Next Generation Crops

February 18, 2016 | TechCrunch

By Matthew Lynley

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Introducing Indigo

February 18, 2016 | Indigo Agriculture

By David Perry

We are at a critical moment in time. By 2050, the planet will have 9.7 billion people to feed. That’s over two billion more than today. It’s six USAs, or just under two Chinas worth of additional humans. At the same time, the yield gains resulting from modern agricultural technologies have plateaued, generating annual yield increases of just over one percent per year. Climate change, meanwhile, has caused weather volatility and created record dry spells impacting farmers around the globe. If current trends continue, by 2050 we will no longer be producing enough food to sustain our population.

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