Eden Research partners with M H Poskitt to tackle late blight on potatoes

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04 November 2020
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Eden Research partners with M H Poskitt to tackle late blight on potatoes

EDEN Research, the AIM-quoted company focused on sustainable biopesticides, has partnered with M H Poskitt to develop and trial a new bio-fungicide product designed to protect and improve the quality of vegetables.

The partnership has been established to support an R&D project that M H Poskitt has been engaged in investigating the effect of mugwort plant extract on key plant diseases, including late blight.


With a ban on a key active ingredient used to combat late blight coming into force in the EU over the next 12 months, farmers face fewer choices to protect against the disease. 

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This project could eventually provide farmers with a naturally-based, chemical-free product to protect against late blight, which costs an estimated £55m each year in the UK.
 
Sean Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Eden Research, commented: "Our partnership with innovative grower Poskitt is an excellent example of collaboration in UK agriculture. Eden and Poskitt share the mutual goal of advancing sustainable alternatives for crop protection in the UK and further afield.”