April 11, 2017

April 25 Tech Talk Features Innovation in Soil Health Management

Tune in to our next Tech Talk on April 25, where Trace Genomics will speak about technology that improves soil health and disease management. Trace Genomics, one of 35 agtech startups in the WG Center for Innovation & Technology, makes it easy for growers to understand the disease pressures in their land before putting plants into the ground.

“Trace Genomics is a great example of young, brilliant minds who want to connect with the agricultural industry to solve problems,” said Hank Giclas, WG Senior Vice President of Science, Technology & Strategic Planning, in a WG&S Magazine feature. “Their current services will test for disease pathogens. Their technology, to quickly and cheaply examine the microbial diversity in the soil, will be helpful in mitigating crop loss to key pests and disease.”

During the Tech Talk, the startup will detail how their various testing kits—pathogen panel, soil health and disease discovery—empower growers and advisors to take early steps to prevent losses in yield and profit due to soilborne diseases. Many growers currently use a chemical-based test on their soil, which does not present a full picture, can look for pathogens on a one by one basis and takes typically three months to receive the results. Trace Genomics will discuss how their pathogen panel can see every disease present (or at least 10 different pathogens) for one relatively inexpensive price.

Trace Genomics have been featured at the Thrive Accelerator and won the Innovation Award at last year’s Forbes Ag Tech Summit. They also recently won the Audience Choice Award at Western Growers’ Innovation Arena during the 2016 Annual Meeting in Hawaii.


Trace Genomics Tech Talk®

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Location: Online (you will be emailed a link when you register)

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

RSVP:  Click here to register

Tech Talks, which are offered at no cost, are hosted by the Center to introduce WG members and the community to the latest innovations. For more information about the Tech Talk Series or the Center, contact Hank Giclas at (949) 885-2205.