Decades of high throughput agricultural production powered by monocultures, strong chemical plant protection and abundant fertilizing has been feeding and clothing us, but it also left us at a difficult position. Today, we must keep the production up to match our growing population. At the same time however, we are facing pest populations that are rapidly spreading around the globe; while also developing resistance against the methods we have at hand to control them. Furthermore, as we learn more on the adverse effects of agrochemicals on human health and the environment, we are becoming more reluctant towards their use. This conundrum can only be solved by innovation. Indeed, environment-friendly plant protection products with novel modes of action to target resistant pest populations are being developed world-wide and are gradually replacing chemical methods. We strive to contribute to this exciting progress. To do so, we collaborate with universities and research institutes in developing low environmental impact products with novel modes of action as well as technological tools for optimizing the use of and minimizing the need for agricultural inputs.
- We follow a structured pathway to innovation starting from lab experiments and subsequently moving to semi-field and field trials.
- We are determined to turn our research efforts into successful products through appropriate intellectual property management, business planning and industrial collaborations for manufacturing.
- In order to fund our research & development activities, we regularly apply to competitive national and European programs.
Our team combines scientific enthusiasm and curiosity with academic research background in biology as well as engineering, including solid experience in third party funding. You are most welcome to approach us for a collaboration, be it for conceiving and conducting a comprehensive research project leading to an innovation, or for turning your innovation into a marketable product.