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Agriculture AgTech Precision Agriculture Research

UV light may replace chemicals in fungus fight

Everywhere grapes are grown, growers have to worry about powdery mildew. A typical grape grower spray chemical fungicides for powdery mildew management between 10 and 15 times each year. The fungicides used are costly and environmentally unfriendly, plus the fungus typically adapts to the fungicides within a few generations, requiring heavier applications or changing formulas. […]

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Agriculture AgTech Research Sustainability

UPL opens OpenAg Center as global R&D hub

UPL Ltd. announced the opening of a state of the art R&D hub in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. The OpenAg Center, will enable UPL to leverage its advanced R&D capabilities in partnership with other innovation based companies to characterize, develop and commercialize new sustainable agriculture solutions. The OpenAg Center is an important step in […]

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BioTech

Biotalys NV developed biofungicide, with potential to address increasing fungicide resistance

Biotalys NV, a food and crop protection company, announced the results from more than 100 field trials of its innovative biofungicide, BioFun-1, which is on track to launch in the United States in 2022. BioFun-1, an eco-friendly and innovative biofungicide, provides growers with a novel mode of action to address increasing fungicide resistance, with potential […]

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Food Security

Drug-resistant diseases that jump from plants to humans

The current coronavirus pandemic shows how unprepared humans are in fighting pathogens that originate in wildlife and jump to humans. Human immune systems are equally unprepared for drug-resistant diseases that jump from plants to humans. Drug-resistant fungal diseases are emerging as a major health threat, including Candida auris—a highly infectious fungus. Fungi are continually mutating, and with […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Sumitomo Chemical Completes Acquisition of Four Nufarm South American Affiliates

Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited (“Sumitomo Chemical”) has successfully completed, on April 1, 2020, the acquisition of four South American subsidiaries in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, owned by the Nufarm Limited (“Nufarm”) business group, a leading Australian company in agricultural chemicals. By taking full advantage of the acquisition base, the company will be well positioned […]