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Biologically Enhanced Cotton Seeds

'Indigo Cotton' Increases Crop Yields and Reduces Water Usage

— July 23, 2016 — Social Good
'Indigo,' an agricultural technology startup from a suburb of Boston, just released a biologically enhanced cotton seed, dubbed 'Indigo Cotton,' that could make crop production significantly easier for farmers increasingly harried by the effects of climate change. The cotton seeds are covered in probiotics that reduce plants' need for water and increase crop yield.

In a trial run across 50,000 acres of farmland in Texas, Indigo Cotton improved yield by 10 percent. Beyond yield, though, Indigo Cotton also aids in the immensely important task of water conservation. Worldwide, 70 percent of the the planet's fresh water is used for farming. By addressing water scarcity with cotton that grows more resiliently under the stress of low water, Indigo is an 'agtech' company focused on bettering people's chances of weathering the storm that is climate change.
Trend Themes
1. Biologically Enhanced Seeds - Biologically enhanced seeds offer an opportunity for increased crop yields and reduced water usage in agriculture.
2. Probiotics in Agriculture - The use of probiotics in agriculture presents an innovative solution to address water scarcity and increase crop resilience.
3. Agtech for Climate Change - Agtech companies like Indigo are developing technologies to help farmers adapt and thrive in the face of climate change.
Industry Implications
1. Agriculture - The agriculture industry can benefit from the use of biologically enhanced seeds and probiotics to improve crop yields and conserve water resources.
2. Biotechnology - Biotechnology companies have the potential to disrupt the agriculture industry by developing innovative products like biologically enhanced seeds.
3. Water Conservation - The water conservation industry can explore opportunities for collaboration with agtech companies to create sustainable solutions for water scarcity in agriculture.
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