Data for Transition – Decoding Soil Biology!

Using computing technology & DNA sequencing to further our understanding of, & ability to work with the soil microbiome.

An Interview with Adrian Ferrero of ‘Biome Makers’

Episode 11.

Published on 2nd June 2022

Interview With:

Adrian Ferrero

Adrian Ferrero

Biome Makers

Economist by training with entrepreneurial spirit specialized in innovation. Recognized as one of the lead entrepreneurs in Spain by its government, EU, or the MIT Technology Review. 

Full Bio

Do You Have Any Questions?

Let me know in the comments below. I’ll look to create or link to resources above that cover any common questions asked.

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In this interview I’m joined by Adrian Ferrero, co-founder of ‘Biome Makers’, a global AgTech company working to empower farmers through a greater understanding of the soil microbiome.

Show Notes:

When we talk about regenerative agriculture we can often lean on words like ‘traditional’ and ‘indigenous’, which can give the sense that we’re turning our back on modern developments in technology.
But of course the very best value and progress comes when we can integrate multiple points of view together.

Biome Makers brings our logical, data driven mind into the picture to work alongside the wisdom of working with nature.
They’ve studied soil samples from numerous locations to build up the largest soil microbiome database in the world. 
Using computing technology and DNA sequencing they’re continually deepening understanding of microbial communities and their relationships with plants.

As fertiliser prices continue to rise, regenerative farming methods are becoming increasingly desirable. Other interviews have taught us that working in close harmony with the soil life is a big part of making the shift. And since that soil life is so tiny and so varied, this growing understanding of soil biology is an invaluable tool to farmers seeking to make the transition away from synthetic chemical inputs.

Adrian shares a wonderful range of insights, from offering a broad understanding of why soil biology is so significant to farming, to details about the dimensions of plant growth and development that the microbiome can support. 
Some of my favourite take aways were learning how dynamic the communities are, and that they change to meet the needs of new crops that are sown, and that maximum diversity isn’t necessarily best – it’s more about having a range of microbes that are best suited to the job at hand!

Use the time stamps below to get a sense of what’s included:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:02:15 – About Adrian
00:04:27 – Soil carbon for a layman
00:16:30 – How soil biology supports the farm
00:25:18 – The role of microbes in pest control & plant disease
00:34:36 – Guided by the data
00:38:11 – Biological inputs
00:39:30 – Soil testing to profile microbes
00:41:41 – The largest soil microbiome database in the world!
00:42:30 – Using microbe profiles to turn desert to arable land
00:44:23 – How does the data guide action?
00:45:54 – Microbe communities are dynamic (the most diverse isn’t necessarily the best)
00:49:58 – Plant dimensions that can be supported by microbes
00:51:26 – Biological inputs are more affordable for farmers
00:53:44 – How Biome Makers work with farmers
00:55:57 – Developments at Biome Makers
00:57:59 – How diverse soil biology affects our food

Watch the Series of Mini Intro Animations!

Interview With:

Adrian Ferrero

Adrian Ferrero

Biome Makers

Economist by training with entrepreneurial spirit specialized in innovation. Recognized as one of the lead entrepreneurs in Spain by its government, EU, or the MIT Technology Review. 

Full Bio

Do You Have Any Questions?

Let me know in the comments below. I’ll look to create or link to resources above that cover any common questions asked.

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I’m creating short digestible videos to help illustrate some of the key concepts that we’re exploring!

Every month or so you’ll find a new one added here.

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What is Regenerative Agriculture?

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Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher

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I take a very holistic view of the world and find enormous hope when we expand our thinking outwards and consider our issues as interconnected.

So it’s a huge delight for me to have the opportunity to speak with so many varied personalities here.
I hope you’ll enjoy learning along with me as my guests allow me to pick their brains on the diverse topics explored by this project!

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