Plant Impact, Ghent University Collaborate on Novel Chemical Compounds that Improve Drought Tolerance

Plant Impact plc, a leader in research and development in crop enhancement products that growers can rely on to improve the yield and quality of their crops, has announced a new R&D collaboration with Ghent University, Belgium.

Estimated cereal production losses due to drought and extreme heat across the globe from 1964-2007 reduced production by 10%, according to FAO.  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.

  • 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 commercialize 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 commercialization of significant new crop enhancement technologies.

“The creation of these novel pyrabactin analogues showcases exciting work underway at Ghent University,” said Dr. Steve Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact. “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 added: “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.”

More info on phosphonamide pyrabactin analogues

These new 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.

Agrichemicals

Agrichemicals

European Commission Clears DuPont Deals Linked to Dow Merger

The European Commission has conditionally approved the sale by DuPont of part of its crop protection business to FMC Corp.

Werner Baumann and Hugh Grant
Agrichemicals

Bayer CEO Expects EU Nod for Monsanto Deal After Extended Probe

Bayer AG’s CEO said he expects its $66 billion combination with Monsanto Co. to close by the end of the year

Herbicides

Engage Agro Herbicide Granted for Emergency Use in Mint

Engage Agro, a member of the Belchim Group, has announced that Tough 5EC Herbicide (Pyridate) has been granted a Section

Agrichemicals

Huntsman-Clariant Merger Remains on Track

Clariant and Huntsman Corp. have presented a first update on the planned merger of equals to keep their shareholders informed.

Agrichemicals

Syngenta Reports 2017 Half-Year Results

Innovation and productivity savings have partially offset weak market conditions for Syngenta in the first half of 2017. The company

Agrichemicals

Bayer-Monsanto Merger Will Grow, Not Stifle, Innovation in Agriculture

Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto has some critics concerned that the merger would deter innovation in the agricultural sector and impact

Agrichemicals

DuPont Gets Boost From Farmers With Dow Merger Set to Close

DuPont Co. got a boost from U.S. farmers as it closes in on the historic $75 billion merger with Dow

Agrichemicals

Dow Executive Named New CEO at Lindsay Corp.

Lindsay Corp. has  announced the appointment of Timothy Hassinger as president and CEO and a member of its board of

Agrichemicals

Complexity in Agriculture: The Rise (and Fall?) of Monsanto

Sometimes it seems as if the ag world is changing so fast that we can barely keep up with it

Agrichemicals

ChemChina Participation in Syngenta Exceeds 98% Threshold

Following the purchase of additional Syngenta shares, ChemChina’s participation in Syngenta has exceeded 98% of Syngenta’s share capital. As a

Agrichemicals

As Drift Complaints Snowball, Tennessee Sets New Dicamba Rules

While stopping short of a ban, Tennessee sets stricter application parameters for the herbicide.

Agrichemicals

BASF Responds to Dicamba Restrictions in Arkansas, Missouri

"Recent actions taken in Arkansas and Missouri to ban or restrict the use of dicamba herbicides, including BASF’s Engenia, deprive farmers of the one option that has proven effective in controlling this worrisome, yield-robbing issue."

Agrichemicals

China Launches Anti-Dumping Probe on India Imports

China's Weifang Runnong Chemical claims that India exported MPB at a lower price than the normal value, which has led to continuous price decreases in China’s domestic market.

Agrichemicals

Dow to Sell Part of Corn Seed Business to CITIC Agri Fund

Transaction marks continued progress in proposed Dow and DuPont transaction.

Agrichemicals

Bayer, Netafirm Develop New Smart Irrigation Approach

Market launch is planned in Mexico by the end of 2017.

Africa/Middle East

South Africa Conditionally Approves Dow, DuPont Merger

The decision follows recent conditional approvals from global antitrust authorities in Canada and Mexico and from the U.S. Department of Justice on June 15.

Agrichemicals

Insecticide Seed Treatment Market to Grow to $5.04 Billion by 2022

Neonicotinoids are projected to be the fastest-growing chemical sub-type between 2017 and 2022.

Agrichemicals

CropLife America: States’ Decisions on Dicamba Premature

CropLife America issued the following statement on July 10: Over the last couple weeks, both Missouri and Arkansas state governments

Agrichemicals

China’s Exports Drop in 2016

The U.S. and Brazil remain major markets for China’s crop protection exports.

Latest News

Agrichemicals

European Commission Clears DuPont Deals Linked to Dow Merger

The European Commission has conditionally approved the sale by DuPont of part of its crop protection business to FMC Corp.

Agrichemicals

Bayer CEO Expects EU Nod for Monsanto Deal After Extended Probe

Bayer AG’s CEO said he expects its $66 billion combination with Monsanto Co. to close by the end of the year

Herbicides

Engage Agro Herbicide Granted for Emergency Use in Mint

Engage Agro, a member of the Belchim Group, has announced that Tough 5EC Herbicide (Pyridate) has been granted a Section

Biostimulants

Valagro Reaches Agreement with Syngenta to Supply Biostimulants for Seed Treatment

Valagro, a leader in the production and marketing of biostimulants and specialty nutrients, has signed an agreement with Syngenta, a

Agrichemicals

Huntsman-Clariant Merger Remains on Track

Clariant and Huntsman Corp. have presented a first update on the planned merger of equals to keep their shareholders informed.