the groundwork bioAg story
Groundwork BioAg®’s pioneering production method and innovative inoculants are based on over thirty years of research and development, which began in Israel’s prestigious Volcani Institute (ARO). The research was conducted under the auspices of Prof. Yoram Kapulnik, former Managing Director of ARO and the Volcani Center.
Groundwork BioAg® was established to build upon this innovation, to scale it to mass production, and to bring it to market. Serial entrepreneurs Yossi Kofman and Dan Grotsky, who were actively seeking such an opportunity at the time, approached Danny Levy, a mycorrhiza production expert originally from Kapulnik’s lab. Together, the three founders set out to revolutionize commercial agriculture – with a microorganism that has existed in nature for over 400 million years.
Indeed, mycorrhizal fungi have been helping plants to absorb nutrients long before agriculture even existed. Furthermore, the broad scope of benefits of mycorrhizal symbiosis has been well studied and documented over five decades of research. However, modern agricultural methods, such as tilling, sterilization, and application of fungicides and pesticides, deplete mycorrhizae in today’s farms. Restoration of the soil’s mycorrhizal balance is crucial to plants’ ability to absorb the precious nutrients that farmers work so hard to provide.
groundwork bioAg is groundbreaking
The innovation that led to Groundwork BioAg®’s highly-effective mycorrhizal inoculants is nothing less than a game-changer.
Previously, mycorrhizal inoculants were considered a luxury product, affordable in low application rates within niche markets only. By producing highly-concentrated and vigorous mycorrhizal inoculants, Groundwork BioAg® is able to penetrate mainstream commercial agriculture with effective, high-quality, and affordable products. In fact, Rootella® mycorrhizal inoculants are already sold in almost all of the world’s breadbaskets, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, and India.
Groundwork BioAg® Mission Statement
“The Groundwork BioAg® team innovatively produces highly-effective mycorrhizal inoculants. We will not rest until every hectare of arable land is covered with mycorrhizae and every farmer benefits from higher crop yields and resilience to stress, while consuming less resources and regenerating the Earth’s soil.”
It’s all about the people
Dr. Yossi Kofman
Co-Founder | Director
Co-Founder | Director
Co-Founder | Observer
Prof. Yoram Kapulnik
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