UPL, Chr Hansen to develop and commercialise microbial solutions for sustainable agriculture
The move will help growers around the world fight pests and diseases and improve crop quality and yields
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UPL and OpenAg, has announced a long-term strategic collaboration with Chr Hansen, a global bioscience company, to develop microbial-based bio solutions (including biostimulants and biopesticides) that will help growers around the world fight pests and diseases, and improve crop quality and yields.
Through this collaboration, UPL will use its global presence to undertake research and identify opportunities and product concepts to address farmers' pain points. From these insights, Chr Hansen will design biological products based on their microbial capabilities and UPL will register and commercialise these products via its extensive global distribution network.
UPL is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of bio solutions, and earlier this year launched 'NPP – Natural Plant Protection' – a new global business unit championing UPL's comprehensive portfolio of natural and biologically derived agricultural inputs and technologies.
Kim Christensen, Vice President of Plant Health, Chr Hansen said, "The partnership is an important step in our 2025 strategy of growing a better world naturally. In essence, the collaboration aims to establish a product pipeline that has the best interests of farmers at heart."
The UPL-Chr Hansen partnership has already identified several projects relevant to farmers globally and aims to develop a product pipeline for all major crops that will enable farmers to fight crop diseases and increase their yields. The companies are expecting the first registrations to start coming by the end of 2022.