Karsten Temme

For years, Karsten has been fascinated with the limitless potential of the unseen microbes that inhabit our world. While earning his PhD, his graduate research focused on enhancing the nitrogen-fixing potential of soil-borne microbes. Driven by the desire to create meaningful change in the world, Karsten partnered with Alvin Tamsir to create Pivot Bio.

Recent Posts

2019: Endless Possibilities

By Karsten Temme, Ph.D.

Betting on our future, Part 1

This is a two-part post. I’ll be sharing the second half in early January 2019.

An agricultural trifecta: healthy planet, healthy people, healthy profits

In later years, Norman Borlaug would be known as the man who saved a billion lives, but in 1944, he was an agronomist with a problem. He’d moved to Mexico City to join the Cooperative Wheat Research Production Program, a collaborative effort between...

Startups Bring Speed and Agility to Agriculture

The work of startups in agriculture is rooted in profound urgency. Our food production system needs resiliency in the face of volatile climate patterns and turbulent trade headwinds. Speed is of the essence, and as startups, speed is often one of...

Seeing a Difference from the Cornfields of Iowa

While walking fields of Iowa corn in July, I was proud to see the difference between our Intent to Pivot trials and adjacent rows that grew without having the benefit of Pivot Bio’s nitrogen-producing microbes. The visual difference was startling.