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

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20 4 2016

Plant Impact Plc announces the creation of a new Scientific Advisory Network.  This network will bring together world-renowned academics and foremost authorities on soybean and wheat crop physiology, biostimulants, agchem, biochemistry and formulation chemistry.  Together they will act as scientific advisers to the Plant Impact R&D team as part of a collaborative network of experts with diverse industry and specialism backgrounds and a shared goal to help advance innovation in crop enhancement.

 

Collaborating for results

Plant Impact’s success in bringing novel and thoroughly tested crop enhancement products to growers quickly and cost effectively, has in part been enabled by thriving collaborations between Plant Impact scientists and world-leading universities, researchers and academics.  This new network replaces the previous Scientific Advisory Board with a dynamic and diverse group, linking each member to a specific Plant Impact R&D team scientist.  This approach will help take the company’s product pipeline to the next level and maintain a flow of fresh and innovative ideas to help advance crop enhancement globally.

 

A global academic network focussed on enhancing yields of key world crops: soybean and wheat

(see our Team page for biographies)

 

Professor Larry Purcell, University of Arkansas, USA

Altheimer Endowed Chair for Soybean Research, Dept of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


Dr Felix Fritschi University of Missouri, USA 

Associate Professor of Crop Physiology, Division of Plant Sciences. Expert in soybean plant responses to environment and Associate Editor of Crop Science


Dr Matthew Reynolds, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Mexico.

Distinguished Scientist and Head of Wheat Physiology


Professor Patrick Brown, Dept of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, USA. 

Chair of the Biostimulants World Congress Scientific Committee


Dr Martin Battersby, Independent Consultant, ex-Head of R&D Integrated Solutions and Head of Seed Technology at Syngenta

 

Dr David Evans, Independent Consultant, UK, and ex-Head of Research & Technology, Syngenta International AG


Professor Steve McGrath, Independent Consultant and Senior Principle Scientist, Rothamsted Research, UK. 

Head of Sustainable Soils and Grassland Systems Department


Professor Ian Burns, Independent Consultant in Soil Science and Crop Nutrition. 

Emeritus Professor at the Crop Centre, Warwick University and previously Head of Nutrient and Pesticide Dynamics Team at Horticulture Research International

 

Professor Graham Buckton, Independent Consultant, UK.  

Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry.  CEO of Pharmaterials Ltd until 2012

 

Dr Tim Hunter, School of Chemical & Process Engineering, Leeds University, UK.

Lecturer and joint winner of the IChemE Core Chem Eng. Award, 2012

 

 
21 3 2016

Plant Impact plc (AIM: PIM) leads R&D in crop enhancement technology to create products that growers can rely on to increase the yield and quality of their crops. Today the Group announces its results for the six months ended 31 January 2016.

Financials: six months of growth plus a strong balance sheet

  • Revenue £4.2m (2015: £2.5m)
  • Profit after tax  £0.4m (2015: £0.2m)
  • Cash balance £8.6m (2015: £0.7m)
  • Basic EPS 0.55p (2015: 0.32p)

Operational highlights

  • Innovative promotional campaign in Brazil drove expansion of Veritas®
  • Positive trial results in other major soy growing regions
  • North America operations established and experienced new Commercial and Marketing Director, USA appointed
  • First commercial shipments of Banzai made to Arysta LifeScience in West Africa
  • Increased investment in R&D and progress with pipeline soy and wheat products on track

David Jones, Chairman of Plant Impact, commented: “Our determination to drive sales in Brazil whilst broadening the products and geographies in our soy range has shown results in the first half of the year. Furthermore, our promise to open a new market with large potential that is outside of soy in the Americas and with a different strategic partner, took shape with our first shipments of our cocoa product, Banzai, to Arysta LifeScience in West Africa. We expect a busy and exciting time through the remainder of the year.”

Note: reminder of timetable for future financial reporting and Investor Open Day

As stated in the Q1 trading update, the Group intends to simplify its financial reporting by issuing announcements of half yearly and preliminary results in March and October respectively, together with two trading updates in June and December. Release dates for future financial reports are listed on the Investor section of the Group’s website www.plantimpact.com

The Group will host an Open Day for current and prospective investors at its research facilities and head office at the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ. The event will be held on 1 July 2016, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Attendees are requested to pre-register by emailing the Company at investorrelations@plantimpact.com.

04 3 2016

Dr Steve Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact said, “We value our close links with academia and our Rothamsted workshop was an excellent way to instigate fresh discussion on crop physiology.  Our own scientists greatly enjoy regular opportunities to share insight.”

Bianca Forte, Alliance Manager, Rothamsted Research, said “Our plant biochemists and molecular biologists are excited about the prospect of working with Plant Impact to apply their know-how on complex crop traits to help the company further develop their portfolio of proven seed treatments and foliar spray products. At the recent workshop we identified new opportunities to work alongside the company’s R&D team in several areas.”

18 2 2016

This new US and North America business for Plant Impact follows several years of consistent, yield-improving success for the Group’s technologies and products in other markets, in particular Brazil.  The early priorities for Plant Impact in the US are the final technical development and commercial launch of new products to enhance yields and improve returns for growers dealing with tough soybean and wheat crop prices.

Mike Eade joins Plant Impact from DuPont Pioneer, a division of DuPont and a global leader in seed technology and seed production.  At Pioneer he was most recently the Commercial Unit Lead in Sales and Marketing for the Delta Commercial Unit, an area with significant soybean, cotton and corn production. In addition, Mike brings more than 30 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in animal health, agrochemicals, and crop insurance at industry leaders such as Merial, American Cyanamid and RCIS.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Mike will be responsible for the success of Plant Impact’s US sales and marketing programs as well as for its relationships with strategic and channel partners in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  In addition, building on the Group’s solid basis of technology performance for horticultural crops in EMEA, Mike and the Group’s US team will be evaluating the growth opportunity for Plant Impact’s products in specialty crops, including tree fruit, tree nuts and specialty turf.

John Brubaker, CEO of Plant Impact, commented:
 “I am delighted to welcome Mike to Plant Impact. His appointment and our establishment of a North American business reflects our confidence in the growth opportunities ahead for us in US broad acre crop markets following positive 2015 product trial results for our soy and wheat research programs. Our product range, pipeline and commercial expertise position us to bring new technologies to the American grower, and Mike brings with him a wealth of experience and industry relationships.  I have every confidence that under his leadership, North America will develop into a significant business for our Group.”

16 3 2016

Plant Impact Plc

(“Plant Impact” or the “Group”)

New collaboration on mitigating heat stress in wheat

 

Plant Impact plc, (AiM: PIM), a leader in research and development in crop enhancement to create products that growers can rely on to improve the yield and quality of their crops, announces a new wheat-focussed research collaboration alongside Rothamsted Research, The University of Nottingham and Lancaster University.

 

Combining efforts to deal with a worldwide problem

 

Wheat yields across the world are adversely affected by high temperatures and current estimates suggest that for wheat, barley and maize, the combined annual losses caused by recent global warming are about $5 billion annually*.  It is understood that heat stress experienced by wheat crops around the time of flowering can cause a particularly significant reduction in those yields.

 

With the support of Innovate UK, scientists from Plant Impact, Rothamsted Research, the University of Nottingham and Lancaster University will work together to investigate heat stress in wheat and the underlying plant physiology involved.  This knowledge will aid the development of new chemical crop enhancement technologies to help plants thrive in hotter environments while maintaining their crop quality and yield.

 

Alongside scientists from the Plant Impact R&D team, academics from the world’s oldest and leading agricultural research institute, Rothamsted Research, will play a central role in the collaborations. The project will take the form of two distinct workstreams, a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Lancaster University and a DTP iCase PhD studentship with the University of Nottingham. 

 

Steve Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact, commented:

“This prestigious academic partnership signals the start of a key wheat R&D programme for Plant Impact.  Our experience of successful partnerships and developing effective crop enhancement products that help plants mitigate the effects of abiotic stress has lead us to investigate how else we can extend understanding of key world crops.  Heat stress poses a real and growing risk to farmers across the world relying on consistent wheat yields to maintain the profitability of their farms and to contribute to a steady flow of this key food crop for our growing population."

 

Dr Steven Thomas, Rothamsted Research, said:

“Global climate change is already impacting the yield of key world cereal crops. This important collaboration will help us to extend our understanding of how wheat is affected by heat stress as we strive to find ways to increase crop yields in the face of rising temperatures around the world.”

 

Prof. Ian Dodd, Lancaster University commented:

"At Lancaster, we have been working with Plant Impact on a range of projects for about 10 years now. Our recent joint focus on improving crop yields in staple crops such as wheat offers new possibilities to improve global food security, and provides a good example of industry-academia collaboration that will encourage more graduates into this important area."

 

Prof. Zoe A. Wilson, Chair in Developmental Plant Biology, University of Nottingham said:

“Developing crops that are resilient to high temperature stress is a major challenge for maintaining crop yields against the backdrop of increasing global temperatures. This collaboration provides exciting opportunities to help address this key issue for global food security.”

 

 

* Source: Lobell DB, Field CB (2007) Global scale climatecrop yield relationships and the impacts of recent warming. Environ Res Lett 2:014002

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