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In alternative embodiments, the invention provides products of manufacture and compositions, e.g., nucleic acid probes, for use as identifying agents or indicators to detect the presence of a hydrocarbon in a sample, e.g., in marine sediments, muds, sands and the like, or in a solution, e.g., an aqueous solution, such as a production water, fresh water, underground water or seawater. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions, e.g., nucleic acid probes or primers or primer pairs, for use as sensors and/or identifying agents to detect the presence of a hydrocarbon in a sample (e.g., in fresh water, underground water or seawater, or a marine mud, sand or sediment), where the presence of the hydrocarbon indicates e.g., the presence of a subsurface oil, petroleum or gas accumulation or deposit. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions and methods for use as tools for offshore oil exploration activities.


This invention generally relates to natural gas and methylotrophic energy generation, bio-generated fuels and microbiology. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides nutrient amendments and microbial compositions, e.g., consortia, that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis, or for methylotrophic or other conversions. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides methods to develop nutrient amendments and microbial compositions that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis in a given reservoir. The invention also provides methods for the evaluation of potentially damaging biomass formation and scale precipitation resulting from the addition of nutrient amendments. In other embodiments, the invention provides methods for simulating biogas in sub-surface conditions using a computational model.


In alternative embodiments, the invention provides products of manufacture and compositions, e.g., nucleic acid probes, for use as identifying agents or indicators to detect the presence of a hydrocarbon in a sample, e.g., in marine sediments, muds, sands and the like, or in a solution, e.g., an aqueous solution, such as a production water, fresh water, underground water or seawater. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions, e.g., nucleic acid probes or primers or primer pairs, for use as sensors and/or identifying agents to detect the presence of a hydrocarbon in a sample (e.g., in fresh water, underground water or seawater, or a marine mud, sand or sediment), where the presence of the hydrocarbon indicates e.g., the presence of a subsurface oil, petroleum or gas accumulation or deposit. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides compositions and methods for use as tools for offshore oil exploration activities.


Patent
Taxon Biosciences | Date: 2014-08-12

The present invention relates to methods for performing surveys of the genetic diversity of a population. The invention also relates to methods for performing genetic analyses of a population. The invention further relates to methods for the creation of databases comprising the survey information and the databases created by these methods. The invention also relates to methods for analyzing the information to correlate the presence of nucleic acid markers with desired parameters in a sample. These methods have application in the fields of geochemical exploration, agriculture, bioremediation, environmental analysis, clinical microbiology, forensic science and medicine.


Patent
Taxon Biosciences | Date: 2013-06-03

The present invention relates to methods for performing surveys of the genetic diversity of a population. The invention also relates to methods for performing genetic analyses of a population. The invention further relates to methods for the creation of databases comprising the survey information and the databases created by these methods. The invention also relates to methods for analyzing the information to correlate the presence of nucleic acid markers with desired parameters in a sample. These methods have application in the fields of geochemical exploration, agriculture, bioremediation, environmental analysis, clinical microbiology, forensic science and medicine.


Patent
Taxon Biosciences | Date: 2013-06-03

The present invention relates to methods for performing surveys of the genetic diversity of a population. The invention also relates to methods for performing genetic analyses of a population. The invention further relates to methods for the creation of databases comprising the survey information and the databases created by these methods. The invention also relates to methods for analyzing the information to correlate the presence of nucleic acid markers with desired parameters in a sample. These methods have application in the fields of geochemical exploration, agriculture, bioremediation, environmental analysis, clinical microbiology, forensic science and medicine.


In alternative embodiments, the invention provides computational algorithms, computer programs, software and other methods, systems and products of manufacture (e.g., computers, devices or apparatus) for identifying members of microbial communities, their abundance and distribution from amplicon sequence data, and comparing microbial communities and consortia. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides computer-implemented methods comprising a subset of, substantially all, or all of the steps as set forth in the flow chart of FIG. 1, FIG. 3 or FIG. 4. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides methods for identification of consortia, optionally followed by construction of artificial microbial consortia from pure strains or enrichment cultures.


This invention generally relates to natural gas and methylotrophic energy generation, bio-generated fuels and microbiology. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides nutrient amendments and microbial compositions, e.g., consortia, that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis, or for methylotrophic or other conversions. In alternative embodiments, the invention provides methods to develop nutrient amendments and microbial compositions that are both specifically optimized to stimulate methanogenesis in a given reservoir. The invention also provides methods for the evaluation of potentially damaging biomass formation and scale precipitation resulting from the addition of nutrient amendments. In other embodiments, the invention provides methods for simulating biogas in sub-surface conditions using a computational model.


News Article | April 23, 2015
Site: agfundernews.com

April 22nd – DuPont announced it’s acquisition of Taxon Biosciences for an undisclosed amount. Based in Tiburon, California, Taxon utilizes microbiome discovery to develop biological crop products. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. “In 2014, the businesses in DuPont’s Agriculture, Nutrition & Health and Industrial Biosciences segments sold more than $1 billion in biological solutions across four market sectors. Our in-house, cross-business venture, DuPont Biologicals, draws on our world-class science and deep understanding of food and production agriculture markets to deliver value-added crop biological solutions,” DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Borel said in a statement released by DuPont. “Taxon has built a leading technology platform for the discovery of microbial based products that will further strengthen our capabilities in biologicals.” Taxon Biosciences was founded in 2000 by Matt Ashby and Jasper Rine, both of whom are leading microbial geneticists. Taxon’s mission is to develop a microbial genomics platform that can help address many of the world’s pressing agricultural, health and energy needs. There have been a handful of other microbiome companies launched recently, but Taxon Biosciences is a long-standing player in the industrial microbiome field. The co-lead investors in their Series A round were Formation 8 and BP Ventures , along with ConocoPhillips Technology Ventures, LeFrak and Molly Ashby, founding investor. “DuPont has a legacy of innovation, and we are excited to join the company in transforming the future of global agriculture through crop biologicals,” said Glen Nedwin, chief executive officer and president, Taxon Biosciences, also said in a statement. “Our unique technology platform coupled with DuPont’s robust research capabilities and positioning across several markets makes the integration of Taxon into DuPont a natural fit and will support DuPont’s ability to bring new products to the market, faster.” For it’s part, DuPont sees Taxon as a prized acquisition due to its vast ownership of intellectual property in microbial genomics and consortia. According to DuPont, Taxon’s experience and expertise will be a valuable addition to the development of new DuPont seed treatment and foliar and soil application products for important crops. “The acquisition of Taxon will complement and enhance our in-house microbial discovery programs,” said Frank DeGennaro, director of DuPont Biologicals. “With this added capability, we expect to accelerate our time from discovery to market and we are field testing biological discovery leads identified by Taxon this year.” DuPont shares gained 1.1%, an increase in market capitalization of about $700 million, after the news of the acquisition broke.


News Article | April 14, 2015
Site: agfundernews.com

Algal Scientific, an algae-loving Plymouth, MI based company, closed a $7M Series B round on March 31st, receiving investments from Formation 8,  Evonik Industries and Independence Equity. Algal Scientific was conceived in 2008. Inspired by the burgeoning algae blooms plaguing the Great Lakes, Algal’s now Chief Science Officer formed a team with deep wastewater experience to tackle the issue in their backyard. The team came up with somewhat counter-intuitive solution that involved creating concentrated algal blooms near areas with the most algal discharge, which helped contain the algae’s overall reach. The team went on to create Algal Scientific, and since then, the company has developed products for three markets, all based on its algal research. The Animal Health component of its lineup uses the company’s AlgaMUNE, a primarily whole dried and ground algae that serves as a main component in livestock feed. The company claims that AlgaMUNE promotes robust immune systems in livestock, in turn leading to greater productivity and reducing the need for antibiotic laced feed. This is seen as a win-win for consumers and producers alike. AlgaGLUCAN is the company’s product for human use. According to the company, the product promotes a healthy immune system in humans and has far reaching applications in everything from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals. Algal Scientific also has a Hypertrophic Water Treatment system, for which the company holds a patent, which treats large scale industrial water waste that is created by most food and beverage production. “There is no question that antibiotic resistance is a problem that is only going to get worse unless significant changes are made to the way we utilize antibiotics,” said Geoff Horst, CEO at Algal Scientific. “We are thrilled that Formation 8, Evonik, Independence Equity and our other investors have had the foresight to get ahead of this growing issue by showing their support for Algal Scientific’s vision. Their financial and strategic support will help us accelerate our efforts to disrupt the agriculture space in a way that has lasting benefits for both animal and human health.” Formation 8, Evonik, and Independence Equity all returned to Algal Scientific for this round after a $3 million investment in April of last year. This will be the second Ag tech start up investment from Formation 8, who also has Taxon Biosciences in their portfolio. “Our investment in Algal Scientific is a terrific example of our focus on supporting extraordinary entrepreneurs leveraging new technology platforms to tackle big global problems, in this case the negative consequences associated with current methods of food production,” said Jim Kim, founder and managing partner at Formation 8. “Algal Scientific is a disruptive force with an innovative and scalable agriculture technology solution and clear vision to bring about lasting global health benefits while also improving the quality and efficiency of livestock production.”

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