Alltech’s Crop Science division, set up last year, is partner with Rothamsted Research in a strategic alliance to research better forage production for ruminants. It will use Rothamsted’s North Wyke field research station in North Devon to address key questions relating to silage health and feed quality.
The partners say the collaboration will “facilitate industry-relevant research into sustainable arable and livestock systems, with the critical value of improving home-grown feed. The alliance will develop leading research opportunities to investigate on-farm applications to improve soil, crop, feed and livestock health.”
“Alltech Crop Science is eager to identify the challenges of the future,” says Robert Walker, general manager, Alltech Crop Science. “By forming strategic alliances with world-class institutes such as Rothamsted Research, we are provided with a better understanding of the needs and wants of today’s crop.”
For Rothamsted, Steve McGrath, head of the sustainable soils and grassland systems department, adds: “Alltech’s interests in the arable sector are increasing, and this fits extremely well with our expertise and facilities at Rothamsted Research’s centre in Harpenden, and will enhance our joint ambitions in sustainably increasing soil health, crop yields and food quality.” His colleague Professor Michael Lee, head of site at North Wyke Farm Platform, notes: “The facility at North Wyke provides world-leading research to address key questions relating to silage health and feed quality. I very much look forward to developing this relationship with Alltech.”
Alltech established its Crop Science division in 2012 to build on its existing Improcrop business developing non-pesticide crop protection and plant nutrition products for commercial and garden markets. It aims to combine microbiology, bio-chemistry and nutrigenomics expertise to develop sustainable products.
The division is about to open a new state-of-the-art facility this year at its European headquarters in Ireland, to both provide a dedicated facility to carry out a modern crop research programme and allow postdoctoral studies in abiotic stress, silage quality and gene association.