Tradecorp and the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics have launched a joint research unit called Biological Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture.
The goal of the initiative is to develop global bio-based products and solutions for a more sustainable agriculture. The alliance will work as an innovation accelerator, expanding the ecosystem of action in the field of biostimulants, promoting research, generating knowledge and developing product solutions.
Tradecorp is a global company specialized in crop biostimulation and sustainable nutrition. The Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP) is a joint centre between the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA/CSIC).
The Biological Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture research unit aims to offer solutions to the challenges established in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is aligned with the European strategy Farm to Fork which aims to achieve most of the objectives defined in the European Green Deal.
These pillars “constitute the European drivers for this new sustainability strategy, which is an opportunity for the CBGP and Tradecorp to respond and contribute to achieving these ambitious objectives,” says Antonio Molina, director of the CBGP (UPM, INIA/CSIC).
For the CBGP, the alliance with Tradecorp “represents a boost in the development of new technologies and products that derive from the excellent R&D activity of the CBGP groups,” adds Molina.
According to José Nolasco, strategy and innovation director with Tradecorp, Tradecorp will provide its experience in testing the efficacy of products and new technologies in real conditions of agricultural production, and in the formulation and industrial production of high-efficiency biostimulants. “As experts in biostimulation and sustainable nutrition of crops, the first projects in the joint unit will focus on biomolecules and microorganisms as new solutions, which are characterized by being safe and sustainable and have shown to contribute to reduce the use of chemical-based inputs and the pollution of soils and environment, and to improve the production of healthier and quality food,” noted Nolasco.
The research unit will be located in the facilities of the CBGP, which is a centre that belongs to the Alliance of Centres of Excellence Severo Ochoa and Units of Excellence María de Maeztu Units (SOMMa). The CBGP is internationally positioned as one of the benchmark centres of excellence in Europe in the areas of agriculture and plant biotechnology.
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