Scientific adviser network for Plant Impact

Plant Impact, the developer of crop yield and quality enhancement products, has assembled an international network of scientific advisers to help its R&D team advance innovation in its field.

The Rothamsted-based company says its work to date has benefited from collaborations between its scientists and international universities, researchers and academics.  The new network, with a soybean and wheat focus, replaces its former Scientific Advisory Board with an International Scientific Advisory Network where each member is linked to a specific Plant Impact R&D team scientist. Disciplines covered include soybean and wheat crop physiology, biostimulants, agrochemicals, biochemistry and formulation chemistry. 

 “This approach will help take the company’s product pipeline to the next level and maintain a flow of fresh and innovative ideas to help advance crop enhancement globally,” it says.

The network includes US soybean experts Prof Larry Purcell of the University of Arkansas and Dr Felix Fritschi of the University of Missouri; wheat researcher Dr Matthew Reynolds of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico and biostimulant expert Prof Patrick Brown of the University of California, Davis.    

On the agrochemical side are UK independents Dr Martin Battersby and Dr David Evans, both ex-Syngenta; plus UK formulation chemistry experts Prof Graham Buckton and Dr Tim Hunter.

Lastly, Rothamsted’s Prof Steve McGrath and Prof Ian Burns, Emeritus Professor at the Crop Centre, Warwick University, will advise on soils and crop nutrition.