In regards to the "consortia" products, how many different species/genera/etc. are we talking about here? Is it just bacteria or are fungi part of this? What about e.g. nematodes, etc.
Would love to get some more info, but currently website is a little light on the details. Otherwise, kudos and good work. The more development in this space the better.
The first consortia we've assembled is just two members, one bacteria and one yeast. We envision that it can get pretty complex (but probably won't include multicellular organisms like nematodes).
How are you profiling the microbial ecosystem anyway? E.g. how do you know that 2+ species actually work synergistically with one another? I suspect a lot of trial and error based on what your profiling data suggests?
Sry for the many questions, it’s a fascinating topic.
The microbial ecology work comes from Adam's lab at LBNL. His tech (that Boost has licensed) experimentally determines interactions (ie, causative relationships, not correlations).