Feeding a growing global population is an issue many agricultural companies are trying to solve. Conventional agricultural practices are taking a toll on the environment, causing many startups to turn to biological remedies. Scientists are now able to screen billions of bacteria strains to create microbial products with specialized roles, such as mobilizing phosphorus. These microbial technologies are growing in popularity and are one potential solution to feeding the world.

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