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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 can FungiAlert help protect the Cavendish banana from Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense or Panama Disease?

How can FungiAlert help protect the Cavendish banana from Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense or Panama Disease?

47% of the global banana production is in danger. The Cavendish banana, which makes up 99% of the global banana export, is being threatened by Panama disease. This devastating disease, also known as Fusarium wilt, is caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (Foc TR4). FungiAlert can quickly identify the presence or absence of Foc in plant material using its unique SporSenZ technology. The sensors can help stop the spread of the inoculum in banana plantations before its too late. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, virtually all the bananas consumed in Europe and the US…
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Will an understanding of the microbial population in lettuce farming help to produce more in less land?

Will an understanding of the microbial population in lettuce farming help to produce more in less land?

  Lettuce is consumed globally; its nutritional value makes it an excellent food for weight loss and for maintaining optimal health. The farming origin of this crop, Lactuca sativa, goes back nearly 5000 years when the Egyptians started farming it. Through the millennia, humans have improved the crop by breeding wild types to obtain the different types of lettuce that we know today. Like lettuce’s genetic base, the cultivation of lettuce has vastly evolved over the past decades, and we are now able to farm this crop thousands of miles above ground and even below sea level. However, in the 21stcentury,…
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How technology is changing how we farm

How technology is changing how we farm

How is agriculture changing and what technologies are facilitating this? A few centuries ago the world was largely predominated by farmers. In that setting no less than 90% of the world’s population practiced what was for the most part subsistent farming, providing food and cash crop for their needs as well as that of their immediate family. Today, however, that story has changed – only 2% of the world’s population produce and satisfy the planets ever-growing appetite for agricultural produce. Mechanised farming leads the trail, and worldwide science continues to radically improve agricultural productivity and efficiency. While advancement in both…
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Exploring what is Pythium...

Exploring what is Pythium...

Pythium is an oomycete, and even though oomycetes were previously considered fungi, it has been recently shown that oomycetes are actually closer related to golden algae, brown algae, yellow-green algae and diatoms (Source). However, it is still common to find Pythium species considered as fungi or “fungus-like organisms”, as they share some basic functional characteristics. Other oomycetal popular genera include well known plant pathogens, such as Phytophthora and Saprolegnia, all of these can cause dramatic root and seedling rots. As a matter of fact, Pythium and Phytophthora alone account collectively to multibillion dollar losses of crops worldwide Do all Pythium species cause plant diseases? Some of…
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Why early detection of disease can improve food security?

Why early detection of disease can improve food security?

Exploring the importance of early detection systems in disease management. Disease is defined as the harmful deviation of normal physiological functioning caused by an infectious agent, commonly a fungus, virus, bacterium or parasite (Hall, 2018). In plants, this can manifest into huge economic losses; in the UK alone, soil pathogens can destroy up to £1.7 billion. There are many implications of disease other than economic losses which can hinder sustainable agriculture, such as: loss of crops in volume and quality; overuse of pesticides (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides etc.); and in some cases, it can lead to food insecurity. As it stands…
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What are good and bad soil microorganisms?

What are good and bad soil microorganisms?

What are soil microorganisms? Microorganisms are organisms too small to be viewed solely by the eye, they live everywhere, from the poles to the equators, including deserts, geysers, rocks, volcanos and even in the deep sea. They even live in bigger living organisms, forming part of the microbiota found in and on every multicellular organism. These microscopic organisms can adapt to extreme conditions, such as temperature and pressure and they can even endure high radiation environments. Furthermore, microorganisms were the first alive inhabitants of Earth, in fact, a study found that Australian rocks contained microorganisms from 3.45 billion years ago…
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