“Bioversio” was founded by biotechnology scientists Stanislav Balion and Arnoldas Jurys, who have specialized in biotechnology solutions and soil improvement for more than a decade. Since 2016, they have focused on the agricultural sector, with the aim of developing and manufacturing efficient products for more sustainable crop production.
The Bioversio team understands soil at a microscopic level and knows what it takes to maintain its viability and fertility for now and many years to come. Through more than 300 precision and field trials, it has been confirmed that the technology developed by Bioversio in the BIOMAS product line creates a dual lasting value – both increasing yields and improving the soil.
From a microbiological point of view, monoculture farming means that certain types of microorganisms begin to dominate the soil, while others are suppressed or killed. This reduces biodiversity: the soil loses useful nutrients, leaving not enough microorganisms to compete with pathogens, thus making plants less resistant to diseases. Disproportionate fertilisation and pesticide use also adversely affect the soil.
In our own Bioversio laboratory, we develop solutions that restore the soil’s vitality. More sustainable farming without sacrificing but by increasing yields is already possible today!
In some respect, we are exceptional – we develop our own technologies and products, perform testing and oversee the quality of products on a daily basis. We also maintain a direct dialogue with farmers and agronomists to discuss the results. Knowing the worries and problems of farmers, we constantly consider ideas for new biological products, conduct experiments in our laboratory, and perform trials and tests at the Institute of Agriculture of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.
We believe that in the future, more sustainable crop production will not be an enforced way of farming, but a routine one. At Bioversio, we focus on the development of new products and aim to introduce new, effective biological products in the near future that will allow farms to maintain fertility without having to worry about the consequences for soil biodiversity and the quality of food crops.
During soil microbiology trials, we isolate hundreds of microorganisms on selective media and carry out a selection process, looking for the most promising ones that perform specific functions. After selection, 16S rRNA sequence analysis of bacteria and ITS gene DNA sequence analysis of fungi are performed in an accredited laboratory. Having accurately identified the microorganisms, we can select the composition and conditions of the growth medium and prepare the technology for product manufacturing.
After the selection of the primary medium, we test how the microorganisms react to the selected composition. Having selected the components, we prepare the growing conditions in the next stage of production. After all the work in the small-scale reactor has been completed, the growing process is transferred to the production reactor. This repeats the processes performed in the small volume reactor, monitors the repeatability of parameters, and takes samples for stability trials and assessment of product quality. The parent strains and working banks of the developed bacteria and microscopic fungi are stored at -80 °C. A cultivation protocol is then developed to guide future production. During the process, parameters are registered and the repeatability or deviations from the standard are monitored. Samples are taken regularly to determine the concentration of microorganisms, while a control sample is taken to assess the quality of spores. During each growing process, 10 bottles are picked at random and stored (at a temperature of 4, 20, 30 °C), while their stability is monitored.
Our work does not end with product delivery. We provide consultations to agronomists and farmers on the use of products in farm cultivation technology and recommendations on how to organise their work so the results can be tracked and compared. We provide consultations via all remote channels and, if necessary, plan on-site visits.
Regardless of whether the farm has been using microorganisms for a number of years or it is the first year, we record the results of using microorganism technology at selected farms. We have accumulated more than 100 of these since 2017. The results collected relate to different cultures and cultivation technologies used in different regions of the country. We personally visit the farmers’ production fields, make comparisons during the growing process and analyse the results.
In 2015, Arnoldas graduated from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University with a master’s degree in Bioengineering. He then completed an internship at the biomass production division of Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics and worked at Biocentras in the field of soil research and development.
Driven by curiosity, he further deepens his knowledge of agriculture by studying for a PhD in agronomy at the VMU Agriculture Academy. A.Jurys is a doctoral student at the Department of Plant Nutrition and Agroecology of the Institute of Agriculture at the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry.
MA in Bioengineering Studies, Vilnius Tech University (formerly Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU)) Stanislav worked for three years at Biotechpharma in the field of protein purification and research, and for five years at Biocentras in soil microbiology research and development. In 2016, he co-founded Bioversio and become its head.