- Hansen is joining forces with global agricultural solutions provider UPL in a unique partnership to strengthen the existing portfolio of microbial products and provide farmers with sustainable choices beyond conventional agricultural products.
- UPL Limited, formerly United Phosphorus Limited, is an Indian multinational company that manufactures and markets agrochemicals, industrial chemicals, chemical intermediates, and specialty chemicals, and also offers crop protection solutions.
- UPL Ltd. is a world-leading champion of sustainable agriculture and OpenAg
- Hansen is the owner of one of the world’s largest commercial collections of bacteria, with more than 28,000 strains
- – The biosolutions market is set to grow to $10bn*Â USD by 2025 as consumers demand more sustainable food systems.
UPL Ltd. (‘UPL’) (NSE: UPL) (BSE: 512070), a world-leading champion of sustainable agriculture and OpenAg™, has announced a long-term strategic collaboration with Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company, to develop microbial-based biosolutions (including biostimulants and biopesticides) that will help growers around the world fight pests and diseases and improve crop quality and yields.
Through this collaboration, UPL will use its global presence to undertake research and identify opportunities and product concepts to address farmers’ pain points. From these insights, Chr. Hansen will design biological products based on their microbial capabilities and UPL will register and commercialize these products via its extensive global distribution network.
UPL is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of biosolutions, and earlier this year launched ‘NPP – Natural Plant Protection’ – a new global business unit championing UPL’s comprehensive portfolio of natural and biologically derived agricultural inputs and technologies.
Vicente Gongora, Chief Marketing Officer at UPL Ltd. said: “Biosolutions are a core pillar of our global purpose and work to reimagine sustainability – for food systems, for farmers, and for our environment. Building on the launch of NPP earlier in the year, we are proud to partner with Chr. Hansen to further expand our portfolio of products and technologies – and to offer new and sustainable solutions for more farming communities.
“Consolidating our distribution networks and R&D facilities alongside Chr. Hansen’s unique microbial experience and expertise presents a powerful opportunity to change the game for farmers and for sustainable agriculture globally. We look forward to sharing more news on the biological solutions that we are developing for the future, and we are excited about the legacy we will build together.”
Kim Christensen, Vice President of Plant Health at Chr. Hansen said:
“UPL is a significant distributor of biosolutions worldwide. Combining that with Chr. Hansen’s significant innovations in research and development, as well as our unique microbial capabilities and ability to breed our own bacteria, will mean better, targeted products that can go to market faster. The partnership is an important step in our 2025 strategy of growing a better world naturally. In essence, the collaboration aims to establish a product pipeline that has the best interests of farmers at heart.”
In the best interests of farmers
The Chr. Hansen-UPL partnership has already identified several projects relevant to farmers globally and aims to develop a product pipeline for most major crops that will enable farmers to fight crop diseases and increase their yields. The companies expect the first registrations by the end of 2022.
“In essence the collaboration aims to establish a product pipeline that has the best interests of the famers at heart,” says Kim Müller Christensen.
What are BioSolutions?
BioSolutions – Biocontrol products that enable healthy plants naturally. BioSolutions are vital for sustainable agriculture. Biocontrol products are used complementary or as an alternative to conventional crop protection, naturally.
The Importance of Microorganism in Agriculture
Microorganisms play a significant role in agriculture by:
- Maintains fertility and improves the quality of the soil.
- Helps in the composting process, which forms manure.
- Microorganisms present in the soil enrich the soil with nitrates and other nutrients.
- Provide certain antibiotics, nutrient content and growth substances to the plants and help grow the plant.
- There are few microorganisms, which are used as biofertilizers- Rhizobium, Azotobacter, Azospirillum. Blue-green algae and Mycorrhizativity.
For example, each human body hosts 10 microorganisms for every human cell, and these microbes contribute to digestion, produce vitamin K, promote development of the immune system, and detoxify harmful chemicals. And, of course, microbes are essential to making many foods we enjoy, such as bread, cheese, and wine.
UPL Limited, formerly United Phosphorus Limited, is an Indian multinational company that manufactures and markets agrochemicals, industrial chemicals, chemical intermediates, and specialty chemicals, and also offers crop protection solutions. Headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, the company engages in both agro and non-agro activities. The agro business is the company’s primary source of revenue and includes the manufacture and marketing of conventional agrochemical products, seeds and other agricultural-related products. The non-agro segment includes the manufacture and marketing of industrial chemical and other nonagricultural related products such as fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth and regulators, rodenticides, industrial and specialty chemicals, and nutrifeeds
UPL Limited is a global generic crop protection chemicals and seeds company. The company is engaged in the business of agrochemicals industrial chemicals and chemical intermediates. They operate in three segments: agro chemical industrial chemicals and others. The agro chemicals segment consists of agrochemicals technicals and formulations. The industrial chemicals segment consists of industrial chemicals and speciality chemicals. The others segment consists of traded products. The company has also got a captive power plant in Jhagadia. The company offers a range of products that includes insecticides fungicides herbicides fumigants plant growth and regulators and rodenticides. They have 23 manufacturing sites which includes nine in India four in France and two in Spain. They operate in every continent and have a customer base in 123 countries with their own subsidiary offices in Argentina Australia Bangladesh Brazil China Canada Denmark France Germany Hong Kong Indonesia Japan Korea Mauritius Mexico New Zealand Russia Italy Turkey Spain South Africa Taiwan USA UK Vietnam Zambia Shanghai Columbia and Netherland.
UPL Limited was incorporated on January 2 1985 with the name Vishwanath Commercials Ltd. In February 1985 the company went to public.
What is UPL ProNutiva?
ProNutiva® is an exclusive UPL program that integrates biosolutions with crop protection products to offer solutions that meet today’s growers needs.
About Chr. Hansen:
Chr. Hansen A/S is a global bioscience company based in Hørsholm, Denmark that develops natural solutions for the food, beverage, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The company is a supplier of food cultures, probiotics, enzymes and natural colors. Its products are used in cheese production, fermented milk, meat, food service, beverages, wine, fruit preparation, ice cream and desserts, confectionery, cereals, spreads, bakery products, snacks, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products. Chr. Hansen A/S has development centers in Denmark, the United States, France and Germany including research facilities in Denmark and France. A large percentage of the employees engage in research and development for the international food and pharmaceuticals industries.
Chr. Hansen A/S has five main production sites: two in Denmark and Germany (Nienburg and Pohlheim) and one each in France (Arpajon) and the US (West Allis a suburb of Milwaukee, WI)[which?] and an international presence in 30 countries. It has been listed on Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen since June 3, 2010, under the symbol “CHR”. Its flavorings division was purchased by Symrise in 2008.
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