Our Technology

Hardworking microbes for hardworking farmers.

Every season, farmers face unpredictable growing conditions. In the developed world, weather, field variability and other environmental factors can keep up to half of the nitrogen applied to crops from being available to plants that need it.

That’s where Pivot Bio comes in. Our innovative ON Technology™ harnesses the innate ability of naturally occurring microbes to provide crops with increased nutrients right when they need it the most. It’s a game-changing approach that allows farmers to protect their investment and help them achieve their yield potential with better environmental outcomes.

Proprietary ON Technology™: Flipping the switch for nutrient uptake.

Our unique approach combines a deep understanding of the crop microbiome, genetic sequence information and microbial behavior. The result is a groundbreaking process that enables microbes to increase the nutrient uptake by crops. We’ve started by solving the toughest problem of all: nitrogen fixation in cereal crops.

ON Technology™, also known as guided microbial remodeling, is a state-of-the-art process that identifies, characterizes and fine-tunes microbes to realize their full potential. We adapt the genetic material naturally present in a microbe to increase the nutrient uptake by the crop. Better nutrient availability improves crop quality and yield potential.


Though our ON Technology is scientifically rigorous and complex, the thinking behind our process is relatively simple. Here’s how we’re applying guided microbial remodeling to nitrogen fixation in corn crops to create better solutions for farmers:

Step 1:

Collect diverse soils to isolate and identify millions of microbes. In the process, we create a sophisticated map of the soil microbiome.

Step 2:

Determine if the microbe has the genetic potential to fix atmospheric nitrogen and live in a symbiotic relationship with corn.

Step 3:

Precisely fine-tune these microbes so they release more nitrogen to the corn plant.

Our Impact


The potential for ON Technology is impressive and inspiring. In field trials and scientific studies, we’ve demonstrated how nitrogen fixation leads to increased corn yields, with even bigger possibilities on the horizon for corn and other crops. Our research also indicates our microbial guided remodeling process can provide a significant and increasing amount of nutrients like potassium and phosphorus in many crops.


Our microbes reach the field as a seed treatment or in-furrow application. As the seed germinates, these microbes grow in synergy with the crop root system. They sense crop nutrient requirements and fix atmospheric nitrogen during critical growth periods. Because the microbes live in symbiosis with the crop, they are not washed away by adverse environmental conditions. More importantly, they improve crop uniformity across the field by offsetting the variability of topography, soil texture and organic matter.

Better microbes, healthier planet.

At Pivot Bio, we are inspired by the idea that today’s agricultural innovations can bring about meaningful change for generations to come. We believe our ON Technology will help farmers increase profitability, while decreasing inputs and reducing environmental impact.

In fact, by increasing yield in a variety of growing conditions, crop nutrient innovations like ON Technology can help farmers meet their fertilizer needs — and protect our planet’s most valuable resources.