Synthetic Spinout

Agradis, a spinout of Synthetic Genomics formed in conjunction with the Mexican investment firm Plenus, is working to develop high yield biofuel crops and microbes to supplement fertilizers and pesticides, reports Technology Review. For biofuels, the company is focused on sweet sorghum and castor plants.

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