Improving the performance of active ingredients

We want to get more from our existing key molecules in a way that is sustainable and reduces the environmental load.

Through a collaboration with the University of  Liverpool, we have invested in finding new  technologies that will reinvigorate the way phenoxies are used and protect the future of this core active ingredient in our products.

Our objective is to help improve the performance and maintain efficacy, while also reducing the dose, of the active ingredient.

Our primary focus is on the phenoxy group. We are working with the research team at the University on a new technology platform they have developed which enhances phenoxy herbicides by presenting the active ingredient in a different form.

Following three years of research, initial efficacy testing in 2019 was positive. During 2020 we  continued to test different formulations of the microparticles in both glasshouse and field trials  to further optimise results of the product.

We plan to develop this molecule, in the first  instance, for our European market where the  pressure from the regulatory bodies for more  sustainable farming solutions is increasing. A number of product trials are scheduled across  Europe in cereals and grasslands.

This work represents a completely new formulation that can be adapted to all phenoxies and other active ingredients. Current estimates for the manufacture of products using this technology are that it is cost effective. Combined with the potential to reduce dose, it will be cost effective for our customers too.

The intellectual property for this molecule is  jointly owned by Nufarm and the University of  Liverpool and patenting strategies are well advanced.

Hear from the University of Liverpool about how we’re working together and what they think of Nufarm as a Partner for Growth.