Startup of the Month: Pheronym

By Russell Nichols at Comstock’s Magazine

Nematodes pose a conundrum to farmers. The worm-like microscopic creatures are everywhere. Some are parasitic, infecting plants and destroying crops — but others actually attack insect pests. The ability to target the “bad” while leaving the “good” unharmed would be a boon for agricultural production.

That’s the mission at Pheronym, a Davis-based agriculture biotech startup Keep Reading

Davis ag-tech startup to launch nematodes into space

By   – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal

Davis soil-science startup Pheronym Inc. will test its biological pest controls in orbit later this year as part of a mission on the International Space Station.

The research will help Pheronym understand nematodes’, or roundworms’, biological functioning on Earth, and potentially help astronauts feed themselves in future space missions.

The space effort is also garnering attention for the small company, which is currently housed in the UC Davis-HM.CLAUSE Life Science Innovation Center in Davis. The space station effort has a Twitter handleits own website and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

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World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, San Francisco

We are honored to be among 15 companies selected to present at WorldAgriTech Showcase session (12-30-1:30 PM), San Francisco,  March 19, 2019.


Come and see us present our exciting technology solution about Nematode pheromones to control pests.


Visit and ask us at the Tech HUB about our new exciting experiment “First Ever Agriculture Biocontrol in Space” at International Space Station (ISS) US National Laboratory. This experiment has immediate earth applications and contributes to Pheronym’s ongoing product development Nematsim as well as collaborative efforts with the USDA to improve beneficial nematodes’ effectiveness.

Sending Nematodes to Space to Improve Crops on Earth


February 21, 2019

Nematodes will head to the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to help improve insect pest control in crops back on the ground. Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a collaboration with biotechnology startup Pheronym to send nematodes (microscopic roundworms) to the ISS as part of an investigation focused on environmentally friendly agricultural pest control. Keep Reading

To stay up to date on this exciting experiment, follow space worm @AstroNematode on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn)!

Starship Nematode:

By Sharon Durham

One Tiny Step for a Nematode, One Big Step Toward Sustainable Agriculture in Space

WASHINGTON, DC, February 20, 2019—An exciting collaboration between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Pheronym (Alachua, FL), will send nematodes (small round worms) into space to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission represents a look into the future where food crops will be grown in space. The goal is to develop environmentally friendly methods for space travel that are not harmful to humans. This will be the first biological control experiment in space. The nematode’s send-off, funded by the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, hopes to launch to the orbiting platform as early as 2019. Keep Reading