BioAg in Australia

We bring microbial-based agricultural solutions to growers and producers in several markets. Learn more about our products in Australia and contact a local sales representative.


Novozymes develops new microbial products for agriculture, that boost agricultural productivity and support management of natural resources on the farm. Our portfolio of microbial-based biological solutions are designed to help you produce more with less, and do so in a sustainable way that benefits agriculture, consumers and the environment. 

Read our Product Guide 2016 for Australia. Below you can learn more about our main offerings - JumpStart®TagTeam®, CellTech®, and contact a sales representative.


JumpStart® is the first commercially-available phosphate-solubilizing fungus in Australia. A phosphate inoculant, it works at root level to make more phosphate available immediately to the plant.


JumpStart® promotes more efficient use of phosphate, which results in quick emergence, early vigor, greater stress tolerance, and earlier, more even maturity. JumpStart® delivers a safe method of supplying phosphate to growing plants and reduces the need to seed-place high rates of phosphate fertilizer with sensitive seeds such as canola, pea, and lentil.

How it works

JumpStart® is a phosphate inoculant containing the naturally occurring soil fungus Penicillium bilaii (P.bilaii), discovered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It 'colonizes', or grows along, plant roots, releasing organic compounds that release the "bound" mineral forms of less available soil and fertilizer phosphate, making it immediately available for the crop to use.

JumpStart improves the efficiency of phosphate, which can reduce the amount of fertilizer required, depending on levels of available phosphate within the soil. It does not replace the need for P fertilizer.

Key benefits of JumpStart®

  • Increased root development
  • Improved nitrogen fixation in legume crops
  • Improved stress tolerance
  • Improved seed quality
  • Earlier, more even maturity
  • Savings on costs, handling, transportation, storage, and time requirements compared to more phosphate fertilizer
  • Lower environmental impact
  • Higher yield

Download product details and labels for JumpStart®:

 JumpStart®: How it works  JumpStart®: Increase phosphate efficiency & yield  JumpStart® in sorghum

Download or view research papers and links relating to JumpStart®:

Increased phosphorous uptake by wheat & field beans inoculated with...
Potential to improve root access to phosphorus: role of non-symbiotic microbial inoculants in rhizosphere
Inorganic phosphate solubilization by two penicillium species in solution culture and soil
P. bilaii inoculation increases root hair production in field pea


Balanced nutrition

Balanced nutrition of phosphate and nitrogen is necessary to maximize pulse crop yields. TagTeam® provides this balanced nutrition by combining the best in rhizobia strains with the active ingredient from JumpStart®to produce a MultiAction® inoculant.


The active ingredient in JumpStart® is the soil fungus Penicillium bilaii (P. bilaii). This fungus and the rhizobia in TagTeam® inoculants work together to create unique value for the plant . The soil fungus is key, as it grows on the plant roots and makes less available forms of soil phosphate immediately available to the plant. Phosphate helps create and move much needed energy for the nitrogen fixation process. Fixed nitrogen is the easiest form of nitrogen for a plant to use.

The other benefit of the soil fungus' action is that it leads to development of more root hair. Each root hair is a potential infection point for the rhizobia bacteria. More infection points mean more nodules and more nodules mean more nitrogen is fixed. More fixed nitrogen equals more yields. TagTeam® maximizes pulse crop yields.

Download product details and labels, and read about relevant research, for TagTeam®:

TagTeam®: Fact Sheet 

MSDS TagTeam® peat for lupin

MSDS TagTeam® peat for pea, lentil, faba & vetch
Label TagTeam® peat for lupin

Label TagTeam® peat for pea, lentil, faba & vetch

TagTeam®: How it works
MSDS TagTeam® granular for peat, lentil, faba & vetch

MSDS TagTeam® granular for chickpea
Label TagTeam® granular for pea, lentil, faba & vetch

Label TagTeam® granular for chickpea

MSDS TagTeam® peat for chickpea
Label TagTeam® peat for chickpea


Nitrogen inoculants - a miracle of nature

Nitrogen inoculants are a highly effective method of supplying nitrogen to legume crops. They contain species and strains of rhizobia bacteria that form symbiotic associations with legume plants and fix nitrogen from the air into a form the legume plants can use. Fixed nitrogen is the easiest form of nitrogen for a plant to use and nitrogen fixation is matched to plant growth and the plant's need for nitrogen.


Legumes can fix up to 80% of their total nitrogen requirement. For example, a three-ton-per-hectare pea crop needs about 150 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare. A nitrogen inoculant can supply 80% of this need, equivalent to 120 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare. However, all legume crops need a high-quality nitrogen inoculant to take full advantage of their nitrogen fixation capabilities.

The rhizobia bacteria that form nodules and fix nitrogen for legume crops are living organisms. Over time, rhizobia bacteria die-off in soil and become less effective, especially in saline or hot and dry conditions, or in soils with very high or low pH levels.

Paddock-proven nitrogen inoculants for maximum nitrogen supply and yield

Cell-Tech® inoculants are easy to use, high-quality nitrogen-fixing inoculants that increase the supply of nitrogen to pulse crops. By inoculating with Cell-Tech® every time they sow a pulse crop, growers can supply high numbers of effective nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and ensure optimum nitrogen fixation and crop yields.

Cell-Tech® makes legume crop fertility plans more efficient, boosts yields and delivers a great return on investment. The Australian Legume Inoculants Research Unit tests and approves Cell-Tech® inoculants, which contain effective rhizobia strains in high-quality formulations to ensure peak performance in the field.

Cell-Tech® is available in two formulations for simple, convenient inoculation:

  • Peat formulation – a self-sticking formulation for application on-seed.
  • Granular formulation – a high-titre peat-based granular formulation for application in-furrow.

Where to use

Growing a pulse crop: All pea, lentil, fava bean and chickpea crops need a high-quality nitrogen inoculant to effectively take advantage of their nitrogen fixation capabilities. Over time, rhizobia bacteria die-off in soil and become less effective. By inoculating with Cell-Tech® every time they sow a pulse crop, growers can supply high numbers of effective nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and ensure optimum nitrogen fixation and crop yields.

Low to medium levels of soil nitrogen: Cell-Tech® should be used where the availability of nitrogen limits pulse crop productivity. Best results to the use of Cell-Tech® occur on soils that have low-to-medium levels of availabe nitrogen.

Download product details and labels for Cell-Tech®:

Cell-Tech®: How it works MSDS Cell-Tech® peat for chickpea

MSDS Cell-Tech® peat for pea, lentil, faba, vetch
Label Cell-Tech® peat chickpea

Label Cell-Tech® peat pea, lentil, faba, vetch

MSDS Cell-Tech® peat for lupi Label Cell-Tech® peat lupin

Contact us

Please contact our local sales representative for sales enquiries within your relevant region in Australia

Rob Velthuis
General Manager
Western Australia

0428 518 852

Adam Bennett
Territory Manager
Victoria, South Australia

0407 048 515

Sally Broadhead
Territory Manager
Queensland, New South Wales

0428 024 709

Call 1800 178 263 for all technical questions.