Development of a novel bio-control method for plant protection

ADAMA partners with Yissum Research Development to develop a novel bio-control method for plant protection.

9 October 2013

ADAMA, a world leader in crop protection solutions, has partnered with Yissum Research Development Company, the technology transfer arm of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to announce a research and development agreement for the development and commercialization of a novel, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly bio-control method for protecting a variety of plants.

The non-toxic novel bio-control agent, developed by Dr. Maggi Levy from the Hebrew University’s Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology (Agriculture Faculty) is based on the isolation of Pseudozyma, a naturally occurring yeast from strawberry leaves. Dr. Levy and her team were able to demonstrate that the yeast secretes substances which inhibit the growth of several fungal and bacterial pathogens, thus increasing the plant’s resistance to infestations while enhancing growth.

Pseudozyma inhibits a broad variety of fungal and bacterial pathogens and application of the yeast spores significantly inhibited the growth of different fungal causal agents of plant diseases such as powdery mildews, crown rust and late wilt disease in corn.

Pathogenic bacteria such as Clavibacter michiganensis, the causative agent of bacterial canker of tomato were also found to be controlled by the yeast.

“We are very happy to strengthen our collaborative endeavors with Adama, a global crop protection leader and a long-term partner of Yissum in developing innovative, environmentally friendly crop protection agents and methods,” said Yaacov Michlin, CEO of Yissum. “The novel bio-control agent developed has proven to be non-toxic and highly effective against an impressively wide variety of plant pathogens.”

The development and commercialisation of this agent could serve as a sustainable alternative to other crop protection products; benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.

“We are excited to be able to leverage the technology, experience and know-how that we have amassed over the past decades in order to collaborate and create new generations of highly effective and environmentally safe crop protection solutions,” said Mr Sami Shabtai, Adama’s Head of Innovative Development.

“In a world challenged by the double-edged sword of rapid population growth and shrinking agricultural resources, the need for sustainable solutions is clearer than ever. We are proud to be part of the solution and look forward to working with Yissum to continue introducing new innovate products and to make them available throughout the world.”

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