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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).”



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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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Tackling the challenges faced by the UK’s carrot farmers

Tackling the challenges faced by the UK’s carrot farmers

Ask anyone to name a vegetable that is quintessentially British, and most people would no doubt say it’s the potato (of course we’ve adopted them as they originate from Peru around 5,000 BC). The humble carrot, however, is just as worthy of recognition, being full of flavour, packed with vitamins and nutrients, and available in this country for 11 months of the year. As a tasty raw snack, a side veg for traditional dinners or a versatile ingredient for casseroles, curries and even cakes, carrots are a great source of fibre and are rich in beta-carotene, which helps the body…
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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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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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