Vineyard Biodiversity Has Its OWn Language
Biome Makers, a startup founded in San Francisco (USA), launches a study of biodiversity from more than 600 vineyards all over the world, highlights and enhances the plots that register an extraordinary microbiological diversity
The biodiversity ranking driven by Biome Makers measures and evaluates the global complexity of microbial communities as a basis for the biological activity in soils and as a sustainability indicator. This is an element derived from the respect for terroir and the implementation of good practices in the vineyard. The ranking has been established using biodiversity indexes traditionally used in ecology and other related sciences, based on the richness, complexity and balance of the microorganism communities that inhabit the vineyard soil.
The wineries with a unique microbiological diversity, according to the findings, have been sorted in a top 10 of the year 2017. In the USA, the selected wineries –in alphabetical order- are: Bettinelli Vineyards (Napa Valley, California), Big Creek Vineyard (Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania), Alta Loma Vineyard – Monterey Pacific (Soledad, California), OVID (Napa Valley, California), Rainin Vineyard – Renteria Vineyard (Calistoga, California), Screaming Eagle (Oakville, California), Silver Oak (Napa Valley, California), Trefethen (Napa Valley, California), Tres Sabores (St. Helena, California) and the last one is not published due to a confidentiality agreement (Napa Valley, California).
Biome Makers is a Smart Microbial Discovery startup based in San Francisco developing tools and products for more sustainable and productive agriculture. With the first development known as WineSeq®, the company looks for measuring the health and quality of vineyards by using the microbiome of the soil as a biomarker.
At Biome Makers, the interest is focused on the food of the future. Therefore, their technology was developed with precision in mind. They aim to help agricultural innovators make decisions concerning their crops while keeping their unique microbial communities in mind, through a unique combination of DNA sequencing and data intelligence.
About Biome Makers
Biome Makers is an AgTech bioinformatics startup specialized in identifying and understanding the microbiome, providing comprehensive analysis of agricultural and industrial processes. Biome Makers uses the power of DNA sequencing to provide detailed insight and recommendations that allow their clients to improve the output of their fields and the quality of their products.
Currently, Biome Makers is a strong company that develops solutions for the wine industry with WineSeq. WineSeq® is a digital platform based on the patented technology of Biome Makers that provides a comprehensive soil, vines and fermentation analytic services. So far, more than 3000 samples have been analyzed over 18 countries with 750 users as part of the WineSeq® portal and open community. The company headquarters and laboratory facilities are located in San Francisco, CA. www.wineseq.com