Australian biological farming start-up industry improves the international reach of its partnership with multinational cropping company.

Startup Australian biological farming business thinkbio has been given a strong boost in its bid to cultivate its business with a partnership with a global firm.
Thinkbio managing director Lisa Anderson said the company was dealing with Spanish-based biological cropping company Symborg, which has a HQ in the rich horticultural region of Murcia.

Symborg has taken an equity position in thinkbio, but Ms. Anderson stated equally important would be the possibilities provided by being ready to move thinkbio’s products with the established Symborg distribution network.

“It’s wonderful to get the chance to take advantage of the Symborg network,” Ms. Anderson said.

Thinkbio specialises in a range of microbial inoculants, with its flagship product the inoculant trifixN, which works to repair soil-bound nitrogen (N) and can be used in all horticultural and agricultural crops.

From the broadacre viewpoint, Ms. Anderson stated trial work had been conducted on wheat as well as canola and wheat.

The trifixN product, made up of a range of bacteria, works both by fixing atmospheric nitrogen and also by developing better plant uptake of N in the soil profile, whether soil N or applied nitrogen fertiliser.

The inoculant is used as a foliar spray.

It works by supplying a constant source of nitrogen to the crop throughout the variety of nitrogen fixation and enhanced solubilisation of mineral nitrogen, minimising the ‘sugar hit’ of a sudden spike in N by having a fertiliser application.

Ms. Anderson added much better fertilizer effectiveness was attained by the stimulation of nitrate reductase activity in the plant by the trifixN microbes, raising the conversation of nitrate to nitrite

To showcase to potential users exactly how the product works, she said growers using the product were able to send leaf samples to thinkbio to confirm the presence of trifixN bacteria in the plant and activity through elevated levels of nitrate reductase.

Ms. Anderson said the company had been rigorous about trial work to find a way to exhibit the value of the product.

“We’re seeing some excellent results, and we are aiming to win over traditional growers to make use of a biological product in their nutrition package,” she said.
She mentioned Symborg had excellent experience which is good for promoting biological cropping products that she expected would aid thinkbio.

“Symborg has extensive knowledge in assisting growers to educate as well as add biological products into conventional nutrition programs,” she said.

“This is a crucial feature for us as we look to showcase the adoption of trifixN by growers globally

Symborg has subsidiaries in 6 countries, Spain, China, Turkey, USA, Brazil, Mexico, in addition to a business presence in more than thirty nations through its distribution network.

Concerning research, Thinkbio and Symborg will share expertise and collaborate on microbial research as well as development projects.

Jesús Juárez, Symborg chief executive, who visited Australia last month to meet with the thinkbio staff, said the alliance was very much like other successful investments the company has made in the past.

“Alliances of this nature guarantee success and speed up the access of new technologies in agriculture,” he said.

Victoria farmer Simon Peters and managing director of Spanish agribusinessJesús Juárez inspecting canola at Watchem last month.

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