Pangaea Agrochemicals Limited is delighted to announce that its licensee AgChem Access has received the first order for its “Booster” product from a long-standing trading partner in the Baltics. The order is to be delivered this coming spring. Booster is an adjuvant which when mixed with conventional lambda cyhalothrin or alpha cypermethrin makes the combined product effective against pyrethroid resistant strains of pollen beetle (meligethes aeneus).
“Booster” is the first product that Pangaea Agrochemicals has brought to the market and will be available in selected territories across Europe for next spring’s pollen beetle season.
Nick Gooch, Pangaea’s Executive Chairman said “Pesticide resistance is one of the key challenges facing global agriculture. This order is not only an important milestone for the company but also represents the start of the fightback against resistant insects, weeds and fungi.”
Pangaea Agrochemicals has signed a Heads of Terms agreement with Nufarm Ltd opening the way to license agreements for its novel anti-resistance technology. The technology uses novel formulations to reactivate the pests’ susceptibility to conventional active ingredients. Based on technology developed and patented by Rothamsted Research and the Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales, Pangaea has demonstrated effectiveness against a variety of insects and weed species including resistant strains of pollen beetle and blackgrass.
Pangaea has been fortunate in gaining support from both the Eastern Area Agritech Growth Initiative and the UK’s Innovation agency, Innovate UK. Nick Gooch (Pangaea Executive Chairman) comments that “Without this valuable funding the development programme would be several years behind where it is now. We are very pleased to be able to work with Nufarm to bring innovative British technology to the global market”.
Nufarm’s General Manager for Innovation & Development, Mike Pointon, was pleased to jointly announce the agreement saying “We have been observing the development of this technology for several years and are delighted that Pangaea has chosen to partner with us for the final stages of commercialisation. This technology adds a significant tool to Nufarm’s portfolio of products designed to overcome pesticide resistance which is an increasingly significant global issue.”
Pangaea Agrochemicals are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a substantial grant as part of the Eastern Area Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. This grant is to accelerate the development of Pangaea’s patented technology in the fight against herbicide resistant black-grass.
In awarding the grant Mark Reeve, Chairman of the Eastern Area Agri-Tech Growth Initiative said “Our funding has been designed to support a wide-range of businesses in the Agri-Tech sectors, from research and development of new products right through to food processing and packaging. The first round of successful grant applicants reflects the diversity of the funding we have available, and the significant positive impact it can have both on the businesses and the wider Agri-Tech community.”
Michael Gifford, Pangaea’s Managing Director thanked the Board – “Pangaea Agrochemicals are delighted to have been awarded this grant. We have a really exciting technology that will prove vital in the battle against resistant Black-grass. The support from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative will allow us to develop our solution to this national problem using the world-class facilities and expertise available in East Anglia.”