Azotic Technologies, the Lancashire-based business developing a bacterial N-fixing technology for crops that is applied by inoculation, seed dressing or spray, has appointed two new agronomists to its team led by Dr Pedro Carvalho. The company says an expansion in its field trial programmes to monitor the results of its nitrogen fixing technology in Europe and North America has necessitated additional staff.
Plant scientist Mariya Iqbal previously worked for SGS, where she was responsible for managing and completing its UK trials. She says she is passionate about sustainable agriculture and adds that working for Azotic will enable her to contribute to greener nitrogen in agriculture.
Michelle Nuttall has spent the last five years with Eurofins and consequently has an excellent knowledge of the agricultural industry. She has achieved the BASIS Foundation qualification. Ms Nuttall sees Azotic as an opportunity to expand her substantial field-based experience and will be heavily involved in the company’s field trial programme.
Azotic is working with nitrogen-fixing expert Professor Edward (Ted) Cocking FRS, director of the Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation at the University of Nottingham, to commercialise the patented gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Gd) bacterium. Its R&D effort is based at BioCity in Nottingham. Former Plant Impact chief executive Peter Blezard has the same role at Azotic, with Dr David Dent as chief technical officer.