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Crop nutrition enhancement additives for companies seeking competitive advantages on their existing and new products for agriculture and horticulture, offered under license agreement or as bespoke service.

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOUK20200908002
Published
08/09/2020
Last update
14/09/2020
Expiration date
15/09/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Crop Production
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
Growing of cereals (except rice), leguminous crops and oil seeds
Growing of other perennial crops
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK based SME, with intensive R&D as a core business, have developed several patented solutions including a specialty foliar calcium product containing its technology that it has been proven as the most effective technology globally to increase shelf-life for fresh produce. The company seeks collaboration with international partners to implement its solutions under license or commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Description

Description: 

Calcium (Ca) is a vital element for plant cell integrity and function. Calcium is taken up by plants passively through evapotranspiration with water solubility being key. Forms such as chloride, sulphate and carbonate are slightly dissolvable in water but nitrate is fully dissolved. When in the plant, it is immobile and usually deposited in the young tissue due to higher water loss. Cell division and growth dilutes Ca and therefore a constant supply is essential. When applied in the soil it forms insoluble substances therefore not available, whilst when sprayed on the foliage or through irrigation it is directly delivered to desirable plant parts. Effectively increases Ca absorption resulting in strengthening plant cell walls and induce tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. Ca abundance by foliar application of this solution, improves cell functionality and optimises plant physiological processes for growth and development resulting in increased marketable yield, quality and shelf-life.

This UK based SME was established in 2011 with the aim to become a global leader in providing innovative solutions to major issues in agriculture. Research and development is the core part their activities. All technologies are invented in-house and managed by the Director of R&D. The company counts with various patents and commercializes both at national and international levels. It offers bespoke R&D solutions including efficiency crop trials.

The UK SME seeks collaboration or partnership with companies interested in enhancing and boosting performance and quality in the agriculture sector. The collaboration sought aims to combine and build solutions under license and commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The technology releases the stored Ca in the vacuole of the plant cell to be deposited into the cell wall where it is most effective, and effectively increases Ca absorption resulting in strengthening plant cell walls and induces tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. It improves cell functionality and optimises plant physiological processes for growth and development resulting in increased marketable yield, quality and shelf-life.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company seeks to cooperate and/or partner with companies looking for market improvement and increasing their productivity and quality in the agriculture sector. The envisaged collaboration will involve integration and development of solutions under licensing and commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500