DAVIS, Calif., July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Agrinos, a leading biological crop input provider committed to improving the productivity and sustainability of agriculture worldwide, announces the addition of Dr. Michael Austin as Head of Global Agronomy.
Austin will lead the global agronomy team within the Research and Development (R&D) organization at Agrinos, emphasizing scientific research for the company's existing and new product lines. Austin and the Global Agronomy team will oversee the development of R&D field trials, and the collection, interpretation and analysis of agronomic data to support product development, intellectual property and regulatory filings. The Global Agronomy team will also support and review commercial trial activities around the world through the Agrinos Global R&D agronomists for the Americas and EMEA & Asia, who now report to Austin.
"Mike brings a unique combination of agronomic credentials and research design, coupled with extensive scientific leadership and commercial experience," said Dr. Ry Wagner, Agrinos CEO. "We are pleased to have Mike join Agrinos to lead our Global Agronomy team at this important stage in the development of Agrinos as global leader in biological products for agriculture."
Prior to joining Agrinos Austin has held roles with Syngenta Seeds as the Head for North American Continuous Nurseries in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, with DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred as research scientist and agronomist, and with the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC) as diversified crops scientist. He earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding at the University of Hawaii. Austin will be based in the United States, but oversee agronomy activities worldwide.
Agrinos is a biological crop input provider committed to improving the productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture. Agrinos' range of High Yield Technology (HYT®) products helps farmers to practice profitable agriculture by providing increased crop productivity, improved efficiency of conventional fertilizer and a reduced environmental footprint.
Certified as organic and based on Agrinos' proprietary technology, the HYT products provide benefits by strengthening the soil-based microbial ecosystem, stimulating crop development at key points in the growth cycle and boosting natural plant resistance to pathogens and threats. With solutions for a variety of crop categories, the technology comprising the HYT products has demonstrated its value in third-party trials in key agricultural regions worldwide.