Alltech develops natural nutritional alternative to boost crop yields

Animal health and nutrition company Alltech is applying its animal nutritional technology to crop science with a yeast-fuelled alternative to conventional agrochemicals.

The Crop Science division of Kentucky-based Alltech, which has a large operation in Dunboyne, Co Meath, is applying natural nutrition technologies developed for animals to address production of “citrus to silage and everything in between”.

Alltech Crop Science chief executive Geoff Frank said: “Consumers are increasingly discerning in their food choices, and are asking for more natural products.

“As a result, some traditional methods of production have become obsolete as more and more chemicals are being banned on a global scale. As producers are looking for alternatives, our technology is integral to propelling the industry into the future.”

According to a recent issue of New Ag International magazine, in the EU alone, 600 of 1,000 registered pesticide active ingredients have been de-listed, with another 300 on the verge of prohibition.

Much of Alltech’s research is focused on this evolving agronomic landscape. For nearly 20 years Alltech Crop Science, formerly known as Improcrop, has conducted research on 69 cultivars in 29 countries to form the scientific basis for its products.

Respected US garden designer Jon Carloftis has partnered with Alltech to develop a line of natural-based home gardening products. “In my work, I have always strived to create beautiful spaces,” he said.

“In doing so, I recognised the need to cultivate each sanctuary in a sustainable way. Partnering with Alltech was the natural evolution of my desire to create lush and luxuriant gardens without compromising the environment or the safety of the families who enjoy them.”


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