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Peter Waldock, Hutchinsons – Agronomist

“Hutchinsons have been working closely with FungiAlert over the last year, which has given us our first glimpse into what’s happening at the soil level. Good soil-health is closely related to good yield. An understanding of current disease causing agents within a field is extremely important, as it helps support key agronomy decisions. Without technologies like FungiAlert’s, then it is impossible for agronomists to know exactly what microorganisms are present in the soil. By knowing the disease pressures, then you can begin to make evidence-based decisions, such as: site selection; what fungicide program to use; understand if seed treatments are necessary; decide if post-harvest treatments are needed; and selecting which fields to take to storage (i.e. what fields have lower disease pressures).”



AKNOWLEGMENTS & RECOGNITIONS

We are working with key stakeholders in the UK agricultural market, to ensure that our products are suitable for all agricultural crops and for different farming practices (inc. organic farming). We are pleased to have been awarded top prizes for our innovative technology and were granted Innovate UK funding for the development of new diagnostic sensors.

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How healthy soils can reduce plant disease

How healthy soils can reduce plant disease

What is plant disease and what are the causes? Plant diseases (caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as fungi, oomycetes and bacteria) are widespread within agricultural systems and are often economically devastating for growers. The biological threat from pathogens accounts for about a 16% loss in global food production, and the problem is forecast to worsen (Oerke E.C, Crop losses to pests, 2016, Volume 144, Issue 1, pp. 31-43). Some examples of economically significant pathogens include Fusarium oxysporum (fusarium wilt), Botrytis cinerea (botrytis bunch rot and grey mould), Pythium spp. (root rot, damping off) and Phytophthora spp. (potato blight, crown rot,…
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What is soil health and how is it measured?

What is soil health and how is it measured?

Why is soil health important? 95% of our food is produced on the soil and by 2050 agricultural yields must increase by 60% to meet the global food demand of our growing population. FAO has estimated that sustainably managing the soil will lead to improvements in soil health, resulting in an increase of up to 58% in food production.  It is obvious that soil health is key for food security and to guarantee food supplies for the upcoming generations. However, over the last 50 years, intensive crop production has exhausted our planet’s soils, endangering their ability to meet the future…
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