Lab to Land is delivering the bio-revolution for natural lands. We focus on one bio-region at a time, precisely targeting several climate critical challenges at once. In this way, our work increases community engagement, regulatory and economic efficiency, and impact. Our first focus is wildfire - arid, western lands affected by a 1200-year drought and at high risk of catastrophic fire.
DELIVERING PRE-FIRE RESISTANCE & POST-FIRE RESILIENCE
Creating a genetically-engineered soil amendment to decrease the risk of soil sterilization in extreme heat and enable swift revegetation post-fire.
ENABLING NATIVE GRASSES TO THRIVE DESPITE EXTREME PRESSURES
Engineering California native grasses so they thrive despite high heat, intense drought, and invasive plants and pests – while decreasing soil erosion, increasing carbon density and duration, and increasing water concentration and quality.
CONVENING OPTIMAL BLENDS OF MULTISCIPLINARY STAKEHOLDERS
This work will require not just a deeply credible technical team and scientific partnerships - but also a values-driven, community-centered approach, with land-stewards at the table from day one. As field-builders, we are simultaneously committed to developing precision solutions - and to convening sharply focused conversations with multidisciplinary stakeholders to surround these new technologies. We galvanize, mediate, listen, synthesize, then reflect back the most effective pathways at the intersection of genomics, living systems and climate.
GATHERING STEWARDS OF LAND IN AT-RISK CLIMATE REGIONS
Building networks of experts and advocates, starting in wildfire-prone areas along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada to understand challenges and deliver solutions.
LAND STEWARD COLLECTIVE
CHARACTERIZING TODAY'S DIRT
Collecting environmental DNA and gathering water quality and quantity and other critical ecosystem data to store in a user-friendly archive intended to catalyze genomic technology solutions and advance climate research.
ON OUR DRAWING
We plan to create science solutions to remediate post-fire watersheds contaminated by heavy metals; to prevent sudden oak death; and to slow and stop the spread of wildfire using microbial extremophiles.