BioConsortia “Finalist” in Agrow Crop Science Award for “Best R & D Pipeline”

Joins BASF and Bayer CropScience in prestigious category

BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement, has been named a “Finalist” in the coveted Agrow Crop Science Awards 2020 in the category of “Best R & D Pipeline.” Over 100 entries were received for the 13 categories being run this year. Each application was scored by Agrow’s panel of 10 judges, enabling the Awards team to come up with the shortlist of “Finalists.”

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BioConsortia’s R&D platform and pipeline is unique, remarkable and extraordinarily deep. The research approach is novel in the world of microbial discovery starting with an Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) that evolves the plant microbiome accumulating beneficial microbes prior to isolation. BioConsortia, then use a powerful tool kit including microbiome analysis, genomics, fluorescent tagging and an assessment of colonization robustness. All leads are tested across a wide variety of crops, soils, environments, and stresses from nutrient and drought, to pests and diseases – a comprehensive process of multi-trait screening.

According to BioConsortia Head of R&D, Hong Zhu, “I believe BioConsortia is a Finalist in this category because of our revolutionary AMS approach, which reduces by two-thirds the time and cost of new biological product discovery, and the use of a powerful tool kit to identify the best leads. As a result our hit rate of superior leads is remarkably high and pipeline is extraordinarily deep. Consequently, we currently have five new products going through the registration phase, and many more in the pipeline.”

BioConsortia’s pipeline of products include new fungicides, nematicides, insecticides, biostimulants for fruits & vegetables, biostimulants for row crops, and novel nitrogen fixation products (both natural and gene edited) for corn, wheat and other crops.

“Most importantly we are developing products that will have a better efficacy and higher consistency than the leading biologicals on the market today. This means greater crop yields, with lower environmental impact, and better profitability for growers,” added CEO, Marcus Meadows-Smith.

BioConsortia has a world-class team of approximately 30 agronomists and biological scientists, over a dozen of whom are PhD level, based at their global Headquarters in California, as well as a small team of 7 scientists in New Zealand. This team is making great things happen at BioConsortia.

Other “Finalists” in the “Best R & D Pipeline” category include BASF, Bayer CropScience, Corteva Agriscience, and FMC.

About BioConsortia

BioConsortia, Inc. is developing effective microbial solutions that enhance plant phenotypes and increase crop yields. We are pioneering the use of directed selection in identifying teams of microbes – working like plant breeders and selecting plants based on targeted characteristics, then isolating the associated microbial community. Our unique, patented Advanced Microbial Selection (AMS) process enriches the crop microbiome, allowing us to identify organisms that influence the expression of beneficial traits in plants. We have a remarkable hit rate of high quality leads, some with novel patent-pending metabolites, and an extraordinarily deep pipeline of

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Skyline’s Adie Maki overcomes career-ending injuries in one sport to become state finalist in another

ANN ARBOR – Golf wasn’t Adie Maki’s first love, but it eventually became her passion.

There was a time where all the Ann Arbor Skyline junior did was swim competitively.

Nearly every day, she took the water and put in the work to become a standout in the sport.

But career-ending injuries to both of her knees took away that dream four years ago, forcing Maki to refocus and find a new outlet.

Facing the realization that swimming competitively would no longer be an option for Maki wasn’t easy to accept.

“It was really hard,” Maki told MLive. “I started swimming right away, so it was really all I knew and all I did every single day, so it was really difficult to let that go.”

It didn’t take long for Maki to find comfort on the golf course with Skyline’s golf team as she began playing golf three years ago and immediately earned a spot on the varsity team as a freshman in 2018.

Maki quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the Eagles’ best golfers as a sophomore and she emerged as the team’s top performer in 2020.

Her progression in her new sport was on display last week when she shot a 79 at the Division 1 state regional tournament to advance to the state finals as the top individual qualifier from the tournament, despite it not being her best round this fall.

“It was a big goal of mine to make it to states this year,” Maki told MLive. “I’m really excited to be playing this year.

“I thought that I might have a chance of going. At first, I didn’t really feel like I was playing how I wanted to for the regional tournament. I didn’t feel like I was putting as well as I’d like to, but I’m happy it worked out. I was surprised and really excited (to advance).”

Maki’s ability to turn losing one sport into a positive in another showcased her mental fortitude as an athlete.

“It shows my dedication and hard work ethic,” Maki said. “I consider myself to have a really hard work ethic. I’m always putting time in out on the course and practicing every day and it just pays off when you do that.”

Long time Skyline golf coach Ashley Mantha knew she had a solid player on her hands three years ago and watched Maki progress to become the team’s No. 1 player this season.

For Mantha, it’s not just Maki’s skill on the course that makes her one of a kind, but it’s her mental edge that separates her from other golfers.

“Her mental game. Yes, she’s a big hitter and that helps on the golf course, but her mental (game),” Mantha said. “She’s just very level-headed. She’s got a great attitude, even with bad shots or bad holes, she’s able to bounce back. A lot of high school golfers kind of snowball, but she’s able to take it in stride and move

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