Inherent Disease Resistance in Plants

In August 2013 PolyGenomX commenced a 12 month project to demonstrate its capacity to apply its technology to inducing disease resistance in plants. The species chosen for the project is Tomato, due to its short growth cycle and high commercial value. The Company will base its patent application on data compiled from this and other projects and has already commenced negotiations with a global client to license the patented process for application to all food plants.

Reducing losses due to plant disease without pesticides will have a major impact on cost reduction and productivity increases for producers. As well as health benefits for consumers and the environment.

Pesticides are designed to kill and because their mode of action is not specific to one species, they often kill or harm organisms other than pests, including humans. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 3 million cases of pesticide poisoning each year and up to 220,000 deaths, primarily in developing countries. The application of pesticides is often not very precise, and unintended exposures occur to other organisms in the general area where pesticides are applied. Children, and indeed any young and developing organisms, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides. Even very low levels of exposure during development may have adverse health effects.

“With the benefits of chemistry have also come disbenefits, some so serious that they now threaten the long-term survival of major ecosystems by disruption of predator-prey relationships and loss of biodiversity. Also, pesticides can have significant human health consequences.” FAO 1996

For more information: PGX Food Crops

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