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A Finnish research institute is looking for partners interested in novel methods for reducing nitrate content in leafy greens for licensing or research cooperation agreeement in Japan, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark

Country of origin:
Country: 
FINLAND
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOFI20210504001
Published
04/05/2021
Last update
11/05/2021
Expiration date
12/05/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Agro chemicals
Biochemistry / Biophysics
Growing of vegetables and melons, roots and tubers
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Summary

Summary: 
A Finnish research institute specialized in bioeconomy solutions and sustainable use of natural resources is looking for partners from the chemical, fertilizer and greenhouse industry for testing and further developing a method and a preparation to reduce nitrate content in hydroponically cultivated leafy salad crops in greenhouses or plant factories. Partners for licensing and research cooperation agreement are sought in Japan, the USA, Netherlands, Spain and Denmark.

Description

Description: 

A large Finnish research institute promoting bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources has developed a unique method for reducing nitrate content in leafy salad crops cultivated in greenhouses or plant factories. The method utilizes betaine compounds. The aim is to commercialize the developed solution by using licensing or research cooperation agreement.

The institute has wide experience in greenhouse cultivation, hydroponic and vertical farming, plant health, different cultivation methods, plant nutrition and fertigation. In addition, the institute has strong experience in research, commercialization, and international research sales.

The institution has applied patents for the invention. The patent has been granted in Finland. Also, US and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents have been applied.

The institute is looking for partners for licensing or research collaboration:
- Option for evaluation and testing of the invention
- Testing and development support by customer funded expert services
- Licensing and offering know-how

The research institute is looking for partners from the chemical, fertilizer, plant health, plant nutrition industry in the Japan, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, and Denmark.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
In hydroponic cultivation nitrogen is delivered to plants as a fertilizer in the form of water-soluble nitrate (NO3-). The accumulation of nitrates depends upon many factors like agronomic factors and prevailing environmental conditions during plant growth. When nitrate uptake exceeds assimilation by the plant, accumulation of nitrate in the plant tissues occurs, in leafy vegetables in the leaves. As a consequence, nitrate content in edible leafy plants often exceeds maximum limits set for example by the EU Commission Regulation No 1258/2011 in Europe. The Finnish institute's solution improves the quality of commercially feasible leafy vegetable plants. In particular, reducing nitrate content in leafy salad crops hydroponically cultivated in greenhouses or plant factories. In the method, selected compounds are delivered in a predetermined amount to a hydroponically cultivated plant. The institute has shown that their method can significantly reduce the nitrate content of lettuce leaves (up to 40-50%), increase the dry matter content of lettuce plants and to slow down the aging of the leaves, leading to improved product quality. The results can be applied to the practical cultivation based on the hydroponic cultivation techniques, either in a greenhouse or in a plant factory. Experimental studies have been carried out with three commercially significant lettuce plants iceberg lettuce, frisee type of lettuce and rocket.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Field tested/evaluated

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The institute is looking for partners for testing and further developing a method and a preparation aiming for licensing or research cooperation agreement with chemical, plant nutrition, fertilizer and greenhouse industries. The partners should be interested in novel fertilizers and plant nutrition solutions.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, USA

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Effect of glycinebetaine (GB) on the leaf aging of lettuce var.