Biological solutions are becoming more and more in demand as the agriculture industry faces challenges, such as the growing resistance to chemicals and an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. Developing biostimulants and biopesticides is an important step in providing sustainable crop protection while increasing farmers’ yield and productivity.
Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company, and UPL, a global provider of sustainable agriculture products and solutions, announced a long-term collaboration to strengthen the existing portfolio of microbial products and commercialize microbial solutions.
Under the terms of the partnership, Chr. Hansen will develop biological products based on their microbial capabilities and UPL will register and commercialize these products via its extensive global distribution network.
“Consolidating our distribution networks and R&D facilities alongside Chr. Hansen’s unique microbial experience and expertise presents a powerful opportunity to change the game for farmers and for sustainable agriculture globally,” says Vicente Gongora, chief marketing officer at UPL Ltd. "We look forward to sharing more news on the biological solutions that we are developing for the future, and we are excited about the legacy we will build together.”
“UPL is a significant distributor of biosolutions worldwide,” says Kim Müller Christensen, vice president of Plant Health at Chr. Hansen. “Combining that with Chr. Hansen’s significant innovations in research and development, as well as our unique microbial capabilities and ability to breed our own bacteria, will mean better, targeted products that can go to market faster.”
In the best interests of farmers
The Chr. Hansen-UPL partnership has already identified several projects relevant to farmers globally and aims to develop a product pipeline for most major crops that will enable farmers to fight crop diseases and increase their yields. The companies expect the first registrations by the end of 2022.
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