Plant Impact, the UK-based specialist in crop enhancement products, is working with a Belgian research institute on a product to increase plant biomass.

The R&D collaboration is with VIB, a life sciences research institute in Flanders, and centres on further research into VIB891, a newly identified small molecule and chemical analogues proven to increase plant biomass.

Scientists at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology have shown that VIB891 can almost double biomass in different plant species. The agreement gives Plant Impact exclusive development access and a licensing option to these patent-pending small molecules. The collaboration will also investigate possible further projects that could lead to the development and commercialisation of significant new crop enhancement technologies.

  “The identification of the VIB891 molecules showcases the exciting work underway at VIB,” states Plant Impact R&D director Dr Steve Adams. “Our new agreement opens the door for Plant Impact to further the advances made there, enabling us to drive forward in our objective to help improve understanding of plant responses while creating new and reliable crop enhancement products to boost crop yields for farmers.”

 Dr Aurélie Nowack, business development manager at VIB comments: “It is gratifying to see fundamental research in plant science lead to the identification of small molecules that have great potential in various forms of agriculture. Plant Impact is the ideal partner to realise this potential.”