Recruiting natural predators of bacteria to prevent crop loss
Harnessing the power of natural predation to make our food safer.
Amoebae, naturally inhabiting diverse ecosystems globally, feed on bacteria as source of nutrition. The challenge was finding a way to harness that power for the benefit of plant protection.
AgraFilms has pioneered an approach that makes this goal a simple, cost-effective reality.
Amoebic cells detect bacteria in communities, called biofilms and destroy them, both to prevent the spread of agricultural-related disease and to control crop damage and loss.
We harness this incredible power of natural predation at work.
AgraFilm's biocontrol approach harnesses the predator prey relationship of amebae and biofilm entrapped bacteria. AgraFilms deploys amoebic biocontrol in crops providing an all natural approach to solving environmental challenges that synthetically produced antibiotics and pesticides create. Providing a sustainable approach that eliminates toxic run-off or bioaccumulation in plant products.
Foundational work for AgraFilms was in part supported by
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AgraFilms is working with the National Science Foundation and agribusiness to develop proprietary antimicrobials and disinfectants for improving food safety and sustainable food production.