Businesses will restart work halted by COVID-19
Two Davis agtech firms are breathing a little easier this week after receiving a grant of $25,000 each to help them reach commercialization milestones.
Pheronym and FloraPulse, both pre-commercial agtech companies, will use the funds to continue commercialization work which the COVID-19 health crisis had forced them to postpone or cancel.
Agtech is broadly defined as the application of technology — especially advanced biologics, software and hardware — to agriculture.
Pheronym is a pioneer in the use of nematode pheromones to control both beneficial and plant-parasitic nematodes, or microscopic roundworms, that can dramatically affect plant health. The $25,000 grant allows Pheronym to hire a technician to help prepare for the re-start of field trials for their first product as well as to start laboratory and greenhouse testing on a second line of new pheromone-based products. Keep Reading