Agrobiomics is the brain child of two friends passionate about science, agriculture and sustainability: Dr. Philippe Rolshausen and Dr. Gabriel Paulino. Both originally from France, met at UC Davis as graduate students in 2004. Ten years later after acquiring academic and industry expertise they decided to join forces to create alternative natural solutions to trunk diseases and bring long-term cost savings to fruit and nut tree growers.
Agrobiomics, started in 2014 by UCR researcher and extension specialist Dr. Philippe Rolshausen. Rolshausen has been studying agriculture, specifically tree crops such as citrus, grapes, almonds and avocados since 2009. He first developed an organic, beeswax-based sealant that growers can apply to pruning wounds to protect them from fungal diseases. He then founded Agrobiomics, a Temecula-based start-up that makes CropSeal, the first commercially available patent-pending pruning wound sealant certified for use in organic production in accordance with the USDA National Organic Standards to prevent against trunk diseases.
"I am very grateful that CropSeal from Agrobiomics LLC is certified to be used in organic production. I am looking forward to working with Agrobiomics with this new product".
David S. Gates, Jr. Senior Vice President, Vineyard Operations Ridge Vineyards, Inc.
My research and extension program focus on understanding specific biotic and abiotic factors that limit tree crop productivity. Specifically, my lab is working on invasive and endemic vascular diseases including citrus Huanglongbing, Pierce's disease of grapevine, and fungal vascular diseases of almond and grapevine. In addition, my lab is also working on nutrient management in avocado and mango production systems.