Plant Impact Plc


Leading research and development in crop enhancement to create products that growers can rely on to improve the yield and quality of their crops.

What is crop enhancement?
A unique approach to product development

Our robust research and development programme gives growers access to well-formulated, technically-superior products that help plants perform better.

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Products and crops: global map

Plant impact is developing a complete portfolio of crop enhancement products for the world’s most important agricultural crops.

Our news
26 10 2015

Today we announced our preliminary results for the 12 months ended 31 July 015. Highlights include a substantial increase in turnover as well as our first reported full year profit after tax.

28 9 2015

UK-based Plant Impact Plc (AIM : PIM) today announces another step in its growth strategy with the recruitment of three senior research and development leaders: Bruce Luzzi, Andy Fowles and Adam Hajjar. These arrivals bring over 70 years of combined experience in key roles with multinational agri-technology leaders in the seed, agrochemical and biologicals industries. All three individuals will be based at the company’s head office and research facility at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise.

Dr. Bruce Luzzi, R&D Programme Manager, Soybeans

Bruce is a soybean specialist. He received his BSc degree at the University of Illinois and MSc and PhD at the University of Georgia before joining the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor in oilseed breeding. While based in the USA, he held soybean development positions with Monsanto and Pioneer, then a cotton position with Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company, and a position with BASF Plant Science where he led a significant global trial programme focused on soybean, oilseed rape, and rice research. Bruce joins Plant Impact from Syngenta, where he was Soybean Seeds Project Manager.

Dr Andy Fowles, Global Formulation Manager

Andy has carved out an impressive career within formulation chemistry, analysis and packaging. He completed his PhD in Plant Hormone Chemistry and Bioactivity at Bristol University, in the UK. During a long and varied career with Dow Agrosciences, he has been located in the UK, South Africa and France. As European Trade Area Leader for Formulations, Analytical & Packaging, he also became a member of Dow AgroSciences’ Global Cereal & Broad-leaf Crop Business Line Management Team before joining Plant Impact back in the UK as Global Formulation Manager.

Dr Adam Hajjar, Portfolio Innovation Manager

Adam holds both a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Kent. His career to date has included several roles involving technology strategy and acquisition, technology transfer and Intellectual Property management. Adam returns to Rothamsted after working for the biofertilizers and biopesticides company MicroBio as well as technology transfer company, Plant Bioscience Ltd, the consumer diagnostic company, Swiss Precision Diagnostics and with several leading London-based universities. He will be responsible for leading Plant Impact’s technology and innovation strategy as well as its Intellectual Property management activities.

Dr Steve Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact, commented: ‘We are continuously looking for unique and experienced individuals to expand the capability of our R&D team and crop research programmes. Bruce, Andy and Adam will be invaluable to Plant Impact’s development and will support our goal of driving forward innovation in crop enhancement while continuing our commitment to robust testing and research standards.’

For further information, contact:

Plant Impact
John Brubaker, Chief Executive
Ailish Tracy, Global Communications

Tel: +44(0) 1582 465 540
Peel Hunt – Nominated Advisor and Broker
Dan Webster
Richard Brown
George Sellar

Tel: +44 (0) 207 418 8900
Charles Ryland
Sophie Cowles
Jane Glover

Tel: +44(0) 207 466 5000

Notes for editors

About Plant Impact Plc

We lead research and development in crop enhancement to create products that growers can rely on to get more yield from their crops. Then, we use our agricultural industry experience to find efficient, cost effective ways to offer our solutions to those growers, worldwide.

Find out more or contact Ailish Tracy, Global Communications Manager Tel: 01582 465542

From left to right: Adam Hajjar, Andy Fowles and Bruce Luzzi.

03 7 2015

HARPENDEN, UNITED KINGDOM & ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST (3 JULY 2015) – Plant Impact Plc and Arysta LifeScience Africa, India and Middle East (AIME) today announced that Arysta LifeScience will launch BANZAI™, a new product that improves cocoa yields under stressful growing conditions. BANZAI™ is based on Plant Impact’s Alethea™ technology, and Arysta LifeScience will become the exclusive marketer for the product in the important cocoa-producing countries of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Togo. Together, these countries account for more than 70 percent of total global cocoa production.

In 2011, Arysta LifeScience made a strategic equity investment in Plant Impact, in connection with Arysta LifeScience’s evaluation and distribution of certain Plant Impact products and technologies. Over the past three years, the companies have collaborated to evaluate and test Plant Impact’s technologies in West African cocoa-producing conditions. This newly-announced launch of the product BANZAI™ marks the important beginning of the commercial growth phase for this product.

BANZAI™ is a foliar spray applied to cocoa trees to reduce the stress and resulting loss of cocoa pods (fruit) caused by widespread diseases such as Black Pod (phytophthora spp.). In certain cases, use of BANZAI™ may allow growers to reduce other traditional chemical inputs, improving the environmental sustainability of overall cocoa production. Recent demonstration trials in Cameroon have shown yield improvements in excess of 25 percent.

“Our strategic aim is to offer the West African cocoa grower a complete, integrated solution, including agrochemicals, biosolutions, fertilizer, equipment and advisory services,” explained Patrick Dupard, CEO of Arysta LifeScience West Africa and MENA business. “The launch of BANZAI™ in the Ivory Coast this year is an important step forward in our development of full grower offers to support sustainable, low-residue cocoa production.”

“Plant Impact’s technologies require expert positioning with growers, and Arysta LifeScience’s long history and leading presence in the region make it the ideal partner for us,” commented John McGillivray, Plant Impact’s Commercial Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “The launch of BANZAI™ marks our company’s first entry into small-holder cropping markets, and we are pleased to work with a local expert like Arysta LifeScience to ensure the commercial and technical success of the product.”

Under the arrangement between the companies, Arysta LifeScience will exclusively market BANZAI™ to regional distributors, cooperative boards and growers, and Plant Impact will provide structured technical support. Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed.

For more information please contact:

Plant Impact Plc – Marketing Communications
John McGillivray (EMEA Commercial)
Stefanie Hingley (Corporate, UK)

Tel: +44 1582 465 540
Arysta LifeScience AIME – Communications
Anne Malet (Communications & PR)

About Plant Impact

Plant Impact is a leader in plant science innovation. The company develops and formulates products that realise and enhance crop capacity, enabling growers to improve quality and deliver consistently higher marketable yields. The company’s products and technologies are backed by a robust research and development programme, managed from its head office and research facilities at Rothamsted, Harpenden, United Kingdom. Plant Impact’s shares are publicly traded on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, where its ticker is PIM. Find more information at

About Arysta LifeScience

Arysta LifeScience, now owned by Platform Specialty Products, is a leading crop protection and life science company with 2014 revenues of US $2.2 billion. An entrepreneurial provider of crop protection and life science products in more than 125 countries worldwide, Arysta LifeScience specializes in marketing and distribution of respected crop protection brands and life science products that meet the needs of its global partners. Find more information at

01 6 2015

Plant Impact is pleased to announce two senior management appointments to drive the company’s international growth.

PIM – Management appointments May 2015

30 4 2015

Today, Plant Impact Plc announced the appointment of Chris Tyler as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 May 2015 and extended their good wishes to Martin Robinson on his retirement from the Board as of 31 July 2015.

Board Changes - 30 April 2015

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