SynTech UK, the domestic arm of the US multinational crop research services group SynTech Research, has acquired the business of Suffolk & Cambridge Crop Station (SACCS).
As part of the change, SACCS will move its field operations base to a new fixed site field station at Old Hall Farm at Pakenham, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. It has been located on the Stetchworth Estate near Newmarket since 2009.
SACCS was founded by agronomist Nicholas Burton in 2002, but has its roots in the Scott Abbott Arable Crop Station. His previous career included spells with ICI at the Jealott’s Hill station, Willmot Pertwee and UAP. SACCS carries out work for a number of major crop protection and plant breeding companies, and included SynTech among its clients.
Mr Burton joins Syntech UK to manage the new site which will be fully operational for autumn 2015. Small plot herbicide screens and irrigated cereal foliar disease trials have already been established there.
SynTech UK operates from a facility at Hopton in north Suffolk between Thetford and Diss. It also has field stations at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire working with vegetables, fruit, potatoes, cereals and sugar beet; and at Frome, Somerset specialising in cereals, potatoes, maize, root crops and grassland.
“This move will significantly enhance our UK operation, alongside our existing, largely continental European GEP and GLP field trials capability,” says Jerry Calloway, SynTech’s UK manager. “SynTech UK will focus on seed treatment, disease control and bio-stimulant efficacy trials and GLP residue studies using the Pakenham site’s laboratory and glasshouse facilities.