Today, 40% of the earth`s surface is farmed, but up to 40% of crops are lost due to insects and disease. As resistance against conventional chemical control systems continues to evolve in pathogens and pests, farmers are forced to use more pesticide per hectare, leading to harmful levels of toxins in our soil and food.
Overuse of antibiotics in farmed seafood and livestock is also contributing to the world crisis in anti-microbial resistance in all organisms, including humans.
To fight vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika, some are even proposing to exterminate entire species of insects, with untold consequences on birds, aquatic life and the animals which feed on them.
Our goal is to create a better quality of life by only targeting the harmful pathogens within the living plant, animal or insect, to lessen the need for chemical toxins and antibiotics in agriculture, aquaculture and in human health.
Pebble Labs is developing the transformational science of Transbiotics™ to improve how we grow our food and nourish ourselves for a healthier future. Transbiotics uses naturally occurring bacteria to produce double-stranded RNA that are designed to inhibit the expression of genes in only the targeted pathogens and pests, without harming the environment, the host organism or humans. It is inexpensive to produce at scale and can be easily applied safely by farmers, fish and livestock producers, or even by individuals in their gardens and fields.
Each Pebble Labs’ division is focused on applying Transbiotic technology to solve a specific challenge for food production or human health
Focuses on safely and effectively controlling serious diseases that affect aquatic species – specifically shrimp, high-value farmed fish and other livestock, to help limit the current overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Learn More
Focuses on plant protection, increasing crop yields and food security by using endophytic bacteria to silence fungal and viral pathogen genes and target insect pests feeding on treated plants. Learn More
Focuses on eradicating vector-borne disease by blocking the replication and transmission viruses, such as Zika, dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus in mosquitoes. Learn More