Reinventing Pest Control.Protecting People, Animals,
and the Planet

At BugBiome, our mission is to create safer pest control solutions by harnessing natural microbiomes through our high-throughput screening platform.


Safer bioinsecticides to protect from pests

We're focused on developing microbial repellents for key pests:

Our products are designed to protect humans, animals, and crops, reducing reliance on synthetic chemicals and fostering environmental resilience.


Supporting Growers with Sustainable Solutions

In an era of increasing environmental challenges, our biorational microbial solutions empower growers. We develop effective, sustainable pest protection without negative impacts on humans, the environment or non-target insects.

Harnessing the Power of the Microbiome

Our cutting-edge research focussed on the largely untapped potential of crop surface microbiomes, utilising cutting-edge microbiology, engineering biology, and ‘omics to find novel biopesticides. Our innovative approach leverages the microbiome to offer a new class of pest control solutions.


Collaborating for a Sustainable Future

Our team, comprised of experts in microbiology, entomology and commercialisation. With previous commercial experience at microbial generation and insect screening start-ups. We're committed to creating a paradigm shift in pest control, prioritizing safety, sustainability, and community in every step

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Join us

As a team, we’re passionate about the potential for science to shape human health and sustain the future of our planet. We’re always searching for talented individuals to join us.


Redefining Pest Control through Microbial Science

At BugBiome, we're transforming pest control by using advanced microbial science. We develop eco-friendly bioinsecticides that are effective and safe for humans, animals, and the environment. Our approach ensures sustainable pest management, contributing to a healthier planet.

Building a Safer and Sustainable Future

As environmental and health concerns rise, our focus is on creating a sustainable pest control system. We aim to minimise the use of harmful chemicals, protect ecosystems, and promote the well-being of all species.

As the population grows, we need a way to feed it. Our technology is opening up a new way of working. One that connects the dots between production and consumption and gives growers the tools to meet the environmental pressures of today.

Natural protection

Our products, derived from natural microbial communities, offer a revolutionary alternative to traditional pest control methods. These bioinsecticides are safer for users and the environment, aligning with our commitment to sustainability.


Our solutions support healthier living spaces, reducing the impact of pests while minimising the use of chemical products.


BugBiome's innovations contribute to a more sustainable world, reducing chemical solutions and fostering ecological balance.

Leading the Way with Microbial Technology

Our state-of-the-art research in microbiology and synthetic biology empowers us to develop unique and effective bioinsecticides, setting new standards in pest control.


Innovative Science for Effective Pest Control

BugBiome leverages cutting-edge microbiology and ‘omics technologies to address one of our planet's most pressing issues - pests!Through high-throughput screening of microbes from surface microbiomes we harness nature's own pest defences, developing innovative biopesticides faster, as a sustainable alternative to chemical insecticides. Applied through foliar application.

Microbial Derived Technology

We culture microbes from a range of crop surfaces and the environment using novel technology to culture previously unculturable microbes.We capture a wide range of insect behaviours in response to microbial challenges for efficient, cost-effective screening utilising our patent pending AvidX hardware. BugBiome can collect multiple insect behaviors simultaneously, saving time and resources. This high-throughput approach enables the screening of a larger number of microbial candidates and the faster identification of promising leads.Our biopesticide actives will offer farmers an effective, environmentally friendly solution starting with aphids to slash crop losses caused by aphid transmitted yellow viruses.


Science with impact

Our work has global impact, and we're a team with a global outlook. We are proud of our diverse team and work hard to create a rich and meaningful workplace. Just like a healthy ecosystem.

We're all about the power of people.

We work to remedy the challenges faced daily by local growers and consumers by listening carefully to what they have to say, in order to learn from and adapt to the specific needs of our farmers on the frontline.

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Alicia Showering

Alicia has a BSc in Biosciences from University of Liverpool, MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD in Disease Control from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is motivated by the damage insects cause in agriculture and human health and founded BugBiome to bring microbial alternatives to market.

Chief Commercial Officer

Chris Mosedale

Chris Mosedale has a BSci in Molecular & Cellular Biology, before joining a microbiome start-up in and supporting their journey through research and development management. With a background in commercialising early stage biotechnology, he supports the company in its commercial goals.


Bob Jones

Bob holds a MSc in Medical Microbiology from the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Known for his enthusiasm and exceptional organizational skills, Bob plays a pivotal role in managing the strain collection and spearheading the discovery of novel microbes.


Caitlin Mitchell

MSc in Tropical Disease Biology. Caitlin is using her entomology skills to design assays to test insect behaviour against microbes.
Caitlin has recently graduated from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Tropical Disease Biology. During this time she developed an interest in entomology, and gained knowledge and experience of working with a variety of insects, including mosquito rearing.


Mille Small

Millie graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Biological Sciences degree, undertaking a final year project exploring the neuronal pathways underpinning mating behaviours in drosophila.
At BugBiome, Millie will be responsible for rearing insects and driving the screening program to identify compounds of interest.


Find your purpose

We are on the lookout for professionals with complementary skills to support us in making an impact discovering sustainable pest protection.

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Extracting actives from the plant phyllosphere involves identifying microbes living on leaf surfaces that have activity against pests and the metabolites they produce. These include bacterially derived volatiles, antifungal agents, and insect deterrents. Discovering these compounds is challenging due to the complex interactions within the microbial community and the need for advanced analytical techniques. However, the advantages of these natural compounds over synthetic chemicals are significant: they are often more biodegradable, less likely to cause resistance in pests and pathogens, and generally safer for non-target organisms, including humans and beneficial insects.


Utilising microbial actives from bacterially derived compounds, BugBiome's repellents offer a natural alternative to synthetic chemicals. These actives target specific pest behaviours without harming non-target species, ensuring safety and environmental sustainability.


Our biostimulants, derived from beneficial microbes like mycorrhizal fungi, enhance plant growth and resilience. They improve nutrient uptake and stress tolerance, leading to healthier crops with reduced need for synthetic fertilisers.


BugBiome's microbial-based pesticides use naturally occurring bacteria and fungi to target specific pests. These biopesticides are biodegradable and less likely to lead to resistance compared to traditional pesticides.

Post-Harvest Protection

Our post-harvest products utilise microbial agents to inhibit spoilage and pathogens, extending shelf life naturally. This approach reduces food waste and reliance on chemical preservatives, offering a safer, more sustainable alternative.

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This Privacy Policy sets out how BugBiome UK Ltd (“BUGBIOME”, “we” or “us”) uses and protects any personal data that you provide to us when you use this website (“”) (“Website”) and/or via the services we provide to you. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time by updating this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this Privacy Policy.BugBiome UK Ltd, with its address at Babraham Hall, Babraham, Cambridge CB22 3AT, is the controller of your personal data. For any questions on how we handle your personal data, please contact us using the details in the “How To Contact Us” section below.1. Personal Data We CollectWe collect personal data in the following ways:Communications via our Website: We collect personal data when you provide it to us through communications via our Website. This includes where you have contacted us through the “Contact Us” section on the Website and similar situations in which you have chosen to provide the information to us, including for customer services support.Goods or services you request: Where you request goods or services from us, we will collect your personal data in order to process your request and otherwise contact you following a purchase.Automated technologies or interactions: As you interact with our Website, we may automatically collect technical data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. Please see section 3 below, for further details.Job applicants: We also collect and process your personal data if you apply for a position at BugBiome. We hold the applications from unsuccessful applicants for up to 6 months.The type of personal data we may collect includes identity data (including name), contact data (including email address and telephone number), country, location, language preference, employment data (including job description), you CV and covering letter (when you apply for a position with us) and any other personal data you provide to us via the “Contact Us” section page on the Website.2. Purposes For Processing Your Personal DataWe process any personal data you provide to us to enable us to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you, to ensure compliance with local legal and regulatory requirements and for the purposes of our legitimate business interests, including:to enable us to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts and to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us;
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