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The crop yield potential of modern plant genetics is approximately 3 times that of the average farm yield.  Factors such as heat, drought, salinity and plant’s own natural defences impact these yields significantly. At Plant Impact we focus on understanding natural plant responses and use chemical crop enhancement technology to manage these, reducing their impact on yield.
                                 What is crop enhancement?
New to the USA: Fortalis® for soybean

Our comprehensive trial programme proved a 4.8 bushel per acre yield uplift when Fortalis® was used in a tank mix with the grower's preferred soybean foliar fungicide.

Research and development: clear priorities 
 

Our R&D team and academic partnerships are
focused on closing the yield gap by advancing  
understanding of plant responses in key crops.
We're starting with soybeans and wheat

Key crops: soybean stats

Small beans, big numbers.

Why are soybeans such a big deal in Brazil, the USA and Argentina (among many more countries worldwide)?

  • Protein power - these little beans contain lots of protein
  • Global crop - they are grown on 121m hectares of land globally
  • Multi-uses - we eat them and they can even provide fuel but most of them feed the world's cows, pigs and chickens
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
19 6 2017

Today Plant Impact plc (AIM: PIM) published a trading statement for the nine months to 30 April 2017.

 

 

03 5 2017

Plant Impact is pleased to announce a new R&D collaboration with Ghent University, Belgium.

 

Estimated cereal production losses due to drought and extreme heat across the globe 1964 - 2007 reduced production by 10%*  Plant Impact estimates that in 2007, this was equivalent to nearly $16 billion of lost yield for wheat growers alone**.  The impact of drought on cereal crops like corn, rice and wheat, is expected to continue to increase in the coming decades.*

 

 

 

 This new collaboration grants Plant Impact exclusive development access and a licensing option to a novel group of phosphonamide pyrabactin analogues.  These chemistries were derived from the investigation of biological responses in plants by prominent biologist Prof. Dr. Danny Geelen who is a Director in the Department of Plant Production and board member of CropFit, a consortium of researchers from Ghent University with expertise in biostimulants and biocontrol.  The patent-pending molecules were designed and synthesized in the laboratory of Prof Dr. ir. Christian Stevens who is Head of the Synthesis, Bioresources and Bioorganic Chemistry Research Group (SynBioC) in Ghent University’s Department of Sustainable Organic Chemistry and Technology.

 

Pyrabactin analogues have been found to control the aperture of leaf stomata to reduce water loss from leaves.  This can improve the plant’s water use efficiency and increase yield in conditions of drought.  The ground-breaking compounds elicit many of the same responses as natural plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) but are more suited to be used by growers as a foliar spray.

  Plant Impact’s R&D team, along with academic partners at Ghent University, is working to advance understanding of plant responses to increasing environmental stresses and develop and commercialise unique chemistries which can assist growers in mitigating yield losses due to drought.  This new agreement with Ghent University enables the Plant Impact R&D team to carry out full evaluation, glasshouse and field trials with the patent pending pyrabactin analogues, scaling-up existing pipeline projects on mitigating the effects of drought in crops including soybean and wheat, and leading to development and commercialisation of significant new crop enhancement technologies.

Dr Steve Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact

“The creation of these novel pyrabactin analogues showcases exciting work underway at Ghent University.  I am delighted that our new agreement opens the door for Plant Impact to further the advances made by Professors Stevens and Geelen.  This will drive us forward in our objective to help improve understanding and mitigation of the effects of increasingly common drought conditions on key world crops.”

Prof Dr. ir. Christian Stevens, Ghent University

“The new pyrabactin analogues can be produced in a few synthetic steps using sustainable synthetic methodology. This will guarantee a reasonable cost for an important step forward dealing with rising temperatures in agriculture.”

Sources:
*FAO ‘The impact of natural hazards and disasters on agriculture and food security and nutrition’ 2015 and Nature 529: Influence of extreme weather disasters on global crop production
** FAO global wheat production http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/ah881e/ah881e04.htm   Indexmundi average wheat price 2007 http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=wheat&months=120

 

06 3 2017

Today Plant Impact plc (AIM: PIM) published its interim trading statement for the six months to 31 January 2017.

 

22 2 2017

New soybean yield enhancement product launched for 2017 US growing season

Plant Impact, a leader in research and development in crop enhancement products that growers can rely on to improve the yield and quality of their crops, is pleased to announce its US launch of Fortalis®, a yield-enhancing foliar spray for soybean.

Fortalis® is proven to maximize soybean yield potential for US growers when applied with a foliar fungicide, particularly premium strobilurin, triazole and SDHI chemistries. 

US trials show 4.8 bushels per acre uplift when used in a tank mix with a foliar fungicide
A comprehensive replicated trial program in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and an extensive 2016 on-farm commercial trial program was conducted across prime soybean acres in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi.  A summary of all 147 treatment comparisons showed an average yield improvement of 4.8 bushels per acre when used in a tank mix with the grower’s preferred soybean foliar fungicide and as part of their usual application program to protect from foliar disease and maximize yield.

Fortalis® contains the second generation of Plant Impact’s patented CaT™ technology, a synthetic molecule which enhances the mobilization of calcium within plant tissue, improving the fixation of flowers and pods in soybean and resulting in an improvement in yields. The first generation of CaT™ technology has been helping Brazilian growers to improve yields for four years as part of the Group’s successful Veritas® soybean product.

Plant Impact is also proud to announce that in 2017 Fortalis® will be available to retailers and growers through the following trusted distributors across key soybean-growing states:

 Helena Chemical Company
• GROWMARK
• Van Diest Supply Company

Mike Eade, Plant Impact US Commercial and Marketing Director, commented:

“We are delighted to be introducing Fortalis® to help US soybean growers to drive yield and overall profitability in this 2017 season.  Growers across the US are facing challenging economic conditions and there is no better time to seek new ways to find more value from the same acres.  Fortalis®, along with a preferred strobilurin, triazole or SDHI chemistry can help those growers to improve yields and profits.  Fortalis® has also achieved our ground-breaking Quality Standard, a biostimulant industry first for efficacy, innovation, safety and compliance. We are proud to be working with some of the very best distributors in the United States and look forward to launching Fortalis® with these partners to improve soybean plant health and bring more value to our grower customers.”

Further information on the technology behind Fortalis®, its field research data, the results from the 2016 on-farm testing program, and the resulting application and timing instructions for best-use are available at www.fortalisyields.com

Plant Impact representatives will be available to meet with retailers and grower customers at Commodity Classic, San Antonio, March 2 - 4 at booth 233

For further information, contact:

Mike Eade, Commercial and Marketing Director, USA   Tel:  +1 984 465 4188
Ailish Tracy, Global Communications Manager, UK   Tel: +44 1582 465 540
www.fortalisyields.com


08 2 2017

New Plant Impact Quality Standard: industry first for transparency on efficacy, innovation,  safety and compliance


Plant Impact plc, is pleased to announce the launch of the Pi Quality Standard.  A first for the fast developing biostimulant industry sector; this standard sets demanding and transparent requirements in product efficacy, innovation, safety and compliance.

 

Why?  Our growing industry sector is awash with confusing claims but shares very little data, resulting in scepticism that holds back adoption of new technologies which can make a big difference to farm yields and grower income. We believe that we need to step forward to shine a light on the efficacy, innovation, safety and regulatory compliance needed to push the industry forward.  

Our management and R&D teams have many years of experience working in the agrochemical and seed industries, and we are drawing on this background to create an industry-leading framework.

The Quality Standard standard will only be awarded to Pi products that have completed comprehensive multi-year and multi-location trial programmes providing independently proven, statistically significant and transparent data on efficacy.  This and other criteria concerning safety and compliance, align with and exceed current industry guidelines and legal requirements to create a robust standard that we will monitor and report against annually. Full details of our 15 Quality Standard pledges are on our website www.PlantImpact.com/about-us/Pi-Quality-standard

Veritas® and Fortalis® – awarded first Quality Standards

At launch, Plant Impact are proud to announce that our soybean foliar sprays, Veritas® and Fortalis®, are our first products to achieve this standard. Other established and pipeline products are undergoing focused R&D trial work to build the volume of data required for the standard.

Veritas® is consistently delivering a 4-8% yield uplift per hectare to soybean growers in Brazil and this season, new product Fortalis® has proven an average 4.8 bushel per acre uplift when used with a fungicide by US soybean farmers.

John Brubaker, CEO of Plant Impact said “If crop enhancement technology and biostimulants more broadly are to make a global impact on the yield gap, we and our peers in this innovative industry sector must adopt transparent and robust practices.  Only then will we build trust among hard-working and savvy growers.  This Quality Standard marks our commitment to helping growers identify reliable new crop enhancement technologies in a fast-evolving and potentially confusing new sector.”

 

For further information, contact:                                                                            

Ailish Tracy, Global Communications Manager                                                    Tel: +44(0) 1582 465 542

Ailish.tracy@plantimpact.com                                                                                 www.plantimpact.com

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