Groundwork BioAg develops, manufactures, and commercializes mycorrhizal inoculants for commercial agriculture. Simply put, our mission is to cover the world’s arable land with mycorrhiza.
The Groundwork Story
Groundwork’s pioneering production method and innovative inoculants are based on over twenty years of research at Israel’s prestigious Agricultural Research Organization (ARO). The research was conducted under the auspices of Prof. Yoram Kapulnik, who currently serves as Managing Director of ARO and the Volcani Center.
Groundwork was established to build on 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 set out to revolutionize commercial agriculture with an organism that has existed in nature for over 400 million years.
Indeed, mycorrhizal fungi have been helping plants absorb nutrients long before agriculture even existed. Furthermore, the broad scope of benefits of mycorrhizal symbiosis has been well studied and documented over four decades of research. However, modern agricultural methods, such as tilling, sterilization, and application of fungicides and pesticides, deplete mycorrhiza 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 is Groundbreaking
The innovation that led to Groundwork’s highly-effective bio-inoculants is nothing less than a game-changer. Previously, mycorrhiza was a luxury product, affordable in low application rates within niche markets only. By producing highly-concentrated and vigorous mycorrhizal inoculants, Groundwork is able to address commercial agriculture with effective, high-quality, and affordable products.