Discovering biocontrol candidates for wheat crops

Pathogens that affect wheat crops can infect both the roots and the leaves, causing disease, rot and blotching and can occur at all stages of crop development. Currently, there is no effective silver bullet available, the most common ways to manage disease in wheat crops is by rotation or fungicides. The market for cereal fungicides … Read more

The driest conditions in 90 years spark fears of food shortages

According to the UK Met Office, future summers could last longer with an increased risk of drought. Research by the world’s leading weather service found that summer-like weather patterns will also lead to warmer and drier autumns from the mid-2020s. Following some of the driest conditions in nearly 90 years, 11 of the 14 UK … Read more

Making agriculture smarter

I’ve always been interested in the global investment thematic around the world’s existential need for better sustainable crop yield on a planet where land is shrinking, and the population is increasing. Having done quite a lot of work researching it, I could never translate it into a specific investment opportunity, but then I met FA … Read more

The Fungi Phenomenon

Fungi are one of the most diverse organisms on Earth, contributing to many of the features we know and rely on to maintain life on our planet. Fungi live everywhere and are estimated to make up 50% of our agricultural soils, helping to degrade organic matter and assist in soil aggregation. Fungi produce a wide range of bioactive metabolites which can improve plant growth and supply inorganic nutrients to plants.

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