Nematodes in Space: The Final Frontier for Little Worms

by Scott Elliott, ARS Office of Communications, Tellus

Thank you Scott for this great article about beneficial nematodes in Space at the International Space Station (ISS) and great collaboration, Pheronym, USDA-ARS, NanoRacks, and ISS.

In a NASA lab, Fatma Kaplan holds a tray while David Shapiro-Ilan loads glass tubes into it

“Researchers at ARS’s Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station in Byron, GA, teamed with Pheronym, Inc., a company that specializes in eco-friendly pest control, to send beneficial nematodes, known as entomopathogenic nematodes, to the International Space Station (ISS) to study their ability to function under microgravity conditions.” Keep Reading

 

Pheronym is presenting at Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit!

Dr. Kaplan is going to be presenting Pheronym’s technology on November 16th in Syracuse, NY!

The 2021 Grow-NY Food & Ag Summit is a two-day event showcasing food and ag innovations that have the power to change the path of our industry. The event brings together the top startups from around the globe to pitch their companies and world-class researchers, experts, and partners to discuss and share insight on the latest trends and innovations.

To know more about Pheronym’s technology, please join us either in person in Syracuse or virtually on November 16th!

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Pheronym in Invest Foresight

By Olga Grinevich

Pheronym is excited to be featured in Invest Foresight, an online business magazine based in Russia!

Pest Control Nematodes

“The farming dream was brought to life by San Francisco-based startup Pheronym. Founded in 2017, the company has developed pheromone solutions that affect the behavior of roundworms.”

“The idea to use pheromones to control worms comes from Fatma Kaplan, Ph.D. in molecular and plant cell biology” Keep Reading 

Entomology 2021 Annual Meeting

Dr. Kaplan is invited to speak at the session “Entomopathogenic Nematode Signaling and Behavioral Ecology Translates into Improved Sustainable Insect Management On-Demand Presentations” organized by Dr. Ivan Hiltpold Senior Entomologist Plant ProtectionAgroscope Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland and Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan Research Leader at the SE Fruit and Tree Nut Research Station USDA-ARS, Byron, Georgia.

 

BPIA Women in Biological Agriculture Webinar

Dr. Kaplan, our CEO, is honored to speak at the Women in Biological Agriculture webinar for the Biological Products Industry Alliance.

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BPIA is dedicated to fostering continued improvements to the biological products regulatory process.

 

This free webinar for representatives of BPIA member companies will profile women making a difference in biological agriculture.

Join us on October 25, 2021, at 12 pm PST (3:00 pm EDT) to learn more about the women making a difference in agriculture.

The meta-startup Activating climate scientist-entrepreneurs

Thank you, Sophie Purdom and Kim Zou for this great article about Activate, Activate fellowship and the startups including Pheronym.

Ilan Gur, founder, and CEO of Activate, puts it best: “technical ideas aren’t the limiting factor to impacting global change. The binding constraint is the lack of opportunity for an enormous pool of talented scientists to go all-in on commercializing their ideas.”

Activate’s climate cohorts

With more than 100 Activate Fellows over 7 years, Activate supports scientists working across sectors, from energy to ag to defense, to commercialize hard-tech innovations, many of which are climate tech solutions. Over the next five years, Activate plans to expand to 100 new fellows per year, most of whom will focus on climate change.

🌱 Food & Ag: Circe Bioscience (CO2 to fats), Nitricity (renewable nitrogen fertilizer production), Perlumi (better seeds), Pheronym (non-toxic pest management)Takachar (transforming waste biomass), Trophic (seaweed-based protein), ZestBio (food waste into products).

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Water for Food Global Forum

Panel: Women Innovators Working to Solve Farming Challenges

Dr. Kaplan is part of a new generation of startups led by women, with a diversity of backgrounds and ethnicities, seeking to provide novel perspectives and solutions to agriculture’s problems with tech innovation.

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Join us on October 14, 2021, at 7:00 am PST for a moderated discussion and audience Q+A!

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Grow-NY Startups Pioneer Food and Ag Innovations

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From fully autonomous berry harvesters to plant-based lupini bean protein bars, the startups competing for $3 million in prize money at this year’s Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Competition are bringing revolutionary innovations to the market.

Ten of this year’s finalists have connections to the Cornell community, including: Pheronym (Davis, California): Advised by Pam Marrone ‘78, former staff and Board of Trustees member, Pheronym is using pheromones to control the behavior and development of microscopic roundworms called nematodes, offering a nontoxic path for farmers as they transition away from conventional pesticides.

A Summit Showcase with services for startups and awards ceremony will be held Nov. 16-17 at the Syracuse Oncenter, and available to stream virtually. Keep Reading