How biopesticides reduce carbon emissions in agriculture

Climate change is already affecting pest pressure in agriculture. A warming climate means pests have more reproductive cycles in a year and better survival over winter, leading to even more pest pressure in the spring. It also increases the risk of invasive and migratory pests and the diseases they carry (1). All of this adds up to more crop loss and food insecurity.  How do we deal with increased pest pressure? 

More synthetic pesticides are not an option!

Ninety-nine percent of synthetic pesticides are derived from petroleum (2). In 2021, 3.53 million metric tons of pesticides were used globally (3).……keep reading

Pheronym CEO Dr. Kaplan will be speaking at Entomology 2023

Pheronym will be presenting at Entomology 2023 as part of a symposium titled “Woman in Industry: What are the challenges and how can we impact to influence”.

The event, organized by the Entomological Society of America,will take place in National Harbor, Maryland from November 5-8. The event will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the latest advances in entomology and the rapidly changing world of insects. Pheronym is honored to be speaking for a symposium as part of this event.

Join us in person from November 5-8 in National Harbor, Maryland. 

Pheronym Founder Talk at UC Davis Student Startup Center!

Our CEO Dr. Fatma Kaplan will speak about her experience as a startup founder as part of the 2023 Startup Speaker Series, hosted by the UC Davis Student Startup Center, on Friday, October  20th at 1 p.m.

These presentations are in a simple Q&A format, with startup founders sharing

about the companies they built and the challenges they faced. The featured speakers are from various industries and will connect with students to help inspire them on their entrepreneurial journey. 

Pheronym is excited to have the opportunity to engage with business-minded students at UC Davis!

Students: Bring your questions and join us at the Student Startup Center on October 20th at 1:00 p.m.


Pheronym is Speaking at the 7th Biocontrol, Biostimulants and Microbiome Congress

Dr. Kaplan, our CEO, will be presenting Pheronym’s technology at the 7th Biocontrol, Biostimulants and Microbiome Congress , organized by GlobalEngage in Raleigh, North Carolina from October 24-25. 

The event will explore developments in biocontrol, biostimulants and microbiome in increasing crop yield, improving soil health & nutrient uptake, and efficient water use. Experts from industry and academia will also discuss pest management strategies and provide regulatory updates in the field. Pheronym is honored to be among this year’s presenters.

Mark your calendar now and join us in person from October 24-25 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Pheronym will be presenting at the THRIVE Hawaii AgriFood Summit

Our Co-founder, Karl Schiller, will be presenting Pheronym’s technology at the THRIVE Hawaii AgriFood Summit, organized by SVG Ventures in Honolulu, Hawaii, from September 26-27.

This two-day event will feature leading experts on sustainable agriculture and aquaculture practices along with global corporate leaders on industry trends and innovation. The event will consist of keynote speeches, panel conversations, start-up pitches and more.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to present at this event.

Mark your calendars for September 26-27, 2023 and join us at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Pheronym is presenting at the World Agri-Tech Summit 2023

Our CEO, Dr. Kaplan, is presenting at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit 2023, organized by ReThink Events in London on September 26-27.

The event will bring together over 900 agribusinesses, farming co-operatives, CPGs, policy makers, investors, and start-ups to explore breakthrough innovations. Pheronym is honored to be one of the featured start-ups at this year’s start-up exhibition.

Join us in person from September 26-27 at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London

Hosted a great UC Davis AI Institute fellow during summer

This year Pheronym hosted its second UC Davis AI Institute Fellow. We were delighted to see how third-year undergraduate student Willow Jungling, developed skills to be an independent scientist. Like many undergraduate students, Willow did not have the opportunity for hands-on laboratory training in the past three years due to COVID-19 shutdowns. This summer was Willow’s first laboratory experience.

We were impressed by Willow’s enthusiasm for learning. She improved her skills so fast. For example, within four weeks of the fellowship, she was able to plan and start her own experiments relevant to AI Institute goals with guidance and feedback from all of us.

We were glad that our experiences were mutual. Here is what Willow wrote about her experience. “1- I enjoyed being in a hands-on learning environment. Being able to watch somebody complete an experiment and then replicate it on your own is an amazing learning experience. 2- I enjoyed the independence. After training for a while, I was able to be independent and work on my own for select experiments. I feel that this allowed me to grow my confidence working in a lab setting. 3- I enjoyed learning about in vitro and in vivo fermentation. Being able to work with both types has allowed me to see the pros and cons of each.”

We have loved watching her progress. We look forward to seeing Willow do great things.

Hosted great summer interns from UC Davis

They learned a lot this summer, and we have loved watching their progress. Liam Morris, a second-year UC Davis student, spent the summer with us as our business intern. He helped us prepare newsletters, create blog posts, organize our customer relationship management system, and much more. Liam was also interested in lab work and gained some experience in our lab. He is a true entrepreneur.

He also felt that this was an excellent experience for him. Here is what he had to say about his experience he liked about communication: “1- Preparing a quarterly newsletter using MailChimp, analyzing how well the newsletter performed using analytics, and making suggestions for future newsletters to be more effective. 2- Creating blog posts detailing events and news articles featuring Pheronym for the company website. 3-The opportunity to work in both a business and lab environment.”

We look forward to seeing Liam do great things.