Bayer, Ginkgo Bioworks announce JV Joyn Bio
Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks announced the official name of its joint venture, Joyn Bio. Bayer and Ginkgo founded Joyn Bio in September 2017 and have since established research operations in Boston, Massachusetts and opened additional facilities in West Sacramento, California. Joyn Bio was founded with the goal of bringing advanced techniques in synthetic biology to agriculture to support the industry's sustainability efforts, starting with reducing the environmental impact of nitrogen fertilizer. The plant microbiome living in roots and soil is vital to global farming practices, as it provides nutrients to plants, protects them from pests, and aids them in difficult environmental conditions. Joyn Bio's first effort in this arena is focused on improving microbes' ability to provide cereal crops their nitrogen requirements, offering major benefits for sustainable agriculture by reducing the need for additional chemical fertilizers.