'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.