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Non-toxic and Cost-Effective Essential Oil-based Nematicide and Soil Delivery System

Objective

Nematodes or roundworms are one of the most common soil-borne parasites that feed on plant roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds - constituting a major contributor to agricultural crop losses. Yield losses due to the parasitic affects of nematodes vary significantly for different crops, however, it is estimated that over €1 billion/year of crop yield is lost in the EU and the figure is speculated to between €10-20 billion/year world-wide. There are a number of existing solutions to prevent the huge losses due to nematode infestations, including; chemical nematicides (soil fumigants), solar heating/steaming and robust crop rotation. However, all of these solutions have significant problems such as very negative environmental impact, high-cost, geographically specific and they all kill nitrogen fixing bacteria. Nemasys proposes to develop a unique blend of naturally occurring essential oils (EO) as an alternative, cost-effective, soil treatment, which will be delivered by a novel time-release capsule. A unique EO formulation has been discovered by Plant Impact (SME Co-ordinator), which shows a unique synergistic behaviour, to give significantly improved (>30%) improvement in nematicide efficacy. Allowing lower quantities of EO to be used and overcoming their limiting factor of ‘taint’. The main work in the Nemasys will be to further investigate (and optimise) this effect, develop the delivery of the EOs to the soil and undertake the field-trials to allow future commercial funding to license the nematicide (in partnership with an LE distributor) under the pesticide safety directive.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

PLANT IMPACT PLC
Address
Cuerden Way - South Preston Office Village 11-12
PR5 6BL Preston
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 334 625,50
Administrative Contact
William Thompson (Mr.)

Participants (7)

Biomer

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Forst-kasten-str. 15
D-82152 Krailling
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Urs Hanggi (Dr.)
ROBINSON BROTHERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 241 083,80
Address
Phoenix Street
B70 0AH West Bromwich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Darren Baker (Mr.)
Aroma Praha a.s.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 134 353
Address
Židovice 64
411 83 Hrobce
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaroslav Nemec (Mr.)
Jackdaw-Polymeres France
France
EU contribution
€ 268 398
Address
Zi La Pontchonnière
69210 L'arbresle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Benoit (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 9 965
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Dean (Mr.)
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 11 857
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
6708PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Hans Been (Prof.)
BELCHIM CROP PROTECTION NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 20 572
Address
Neringstraat 15
1850 Londerzeel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adrianus Testers (Mr.)