– Puna Bio, an agrobiotech startup, launched Kanzama, a biofertilizer using extremophile bacteria from Argentina’s Puna region.

  • The product aims to improve crop yields, based on 20 years of research and 2 years of trials across 19 locations.
  • Kanzama offers increased nitrogen fixation, phosphorus solubilization, and an 11% yield increase with a 95% positive response rate.

    Puna Bio’s Kanzama biofertilizer, derived from extremophile bacteria isolated from Argentina’s Puna region, promises to boost wheat crop yields. The agrobiotech startup’s product is the result of 20 years of study in the area and two years of trials involving 22 studies, 12 trial experts, and 19 locations.

    Over 30 professionals examined more than 500 extremophile bacteria to develop a solution for crop nutrition. Kanzama’s key functions include enhanced nitrogen fixation and phosphorus solubilization, leading to increased plant coverage, ear density, and grains per square meter.

    Puna Bio reports an 11% yield increase with a 95% positive response rate. The per-hectare yield boost ranges from 250 to 500 kilos, with a 6:1 return on investment. Last year, the startup invested $150 million in a research center at the Universidad San Pablo in Tucumán, completing the project in 18 months.