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Fyteko’s expertise lies in it’s R&D and scientific knowledge and background.

Biostimulant science

Biostimulant science: the science of biopossible

At Fyteko, we’re not just guided by science. We’re creating the science.

 

Ours is a science inspired by nature. If you know where to look, nature often has its own solution. And in our case, nature’s helping us turn the world of crop protection products on its head.

 

In developing our products, we went back to square one: what would nature do?

 

We found the answer in signal molecules: we concluded with a patent that, for the first time, defines a fully identifiable mode of action for biostimulant development.

Our science in action

As a leading developer of signal bio-molecules, to develop and bring to market a new bio product Fyteko follows Six Steps to Success:

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Research

Identify compounds with an ability to trigger specific plant metabolic processes that can counter in-field abiotic stress.

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IP

When our research team discovers a molecule with potential in biostimulant science, we protect our intellectual property through appropriate patent protections.

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Research

Identify compounds with an ability to trigger specific plant metabolic processes that can counter in-field abiotic stress.

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IP

When our research team discovers a molecule with potential in biostimulant science, we protect our intellectual property through appropriate patent protections.

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(Bio)Synthesis

Our ‘green’ chemistry uses pure monomers and enzymes to produce the specific active compounds suitable for use as biostimulants.

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Formulation

Formulation science is as crucial for biostimulants as it is for conventional crop protection products. Fyteko’s in-house biostimulant formulation team creates mixtures both for candidate molecule testing and market-ready products.

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(Bio)Synthesis

Our ‘green’ chemistry uses pure monomers and enzymes to produce the specific active compounds suitable for use as biostimulants.

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Formulation

Formulation science is as crucial for biostimulants as it is for conventional crop protection products. Fyteko’s in-house biostimulant formulation team creates mixtures both for candidate molecule testing and market-ready products.

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Bioactivity validation

This important step in biostimulant formulation comprises laboratory analysis and plant trials, testing the pure active to assess effectiveness, efficacy and other parameters

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Client validation

Field trials of the most promising biostimulant molecules take place at our official trials site, within our distributors’ sites and in on-farm trials.

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Bioactivity validation

This important step in biostimulant formulation comprises laboratory analysis and plant trials, testing the pure active to assess effectiveness, efficacy and other parameters

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Client validation

Field trials of the most promising biostimulant molecules take place at our official trials site, within our distributors’ sites and in on-farm trials.

On completion of our Six Steps, our bio-molecule is ready for the market.

Biostimulant developer

Behind the science

Fyteko is not the only company working in biostimulant science. But we are the only company working to advance the science and application of signal bio-molecules.

 

Very few companies take the approach to define bio-products on a single active ingredient. Even fewer follow the route of identifying and synthesising bio-based molecules as the active ingredient.

 

But this is Fyteko’s strength. Our first specialisation to reach the market involves hydroxycinnamic acid derivative oligomers. Found only in plants, these signal molecules belong to a class of phytochemicals with widespread potential.

 

On discovering their ability to protect crops against abiotic stress, Fyteko filed the original patent (in 2015) covering the composition and use of these compounds in biostimulant science.

 

Fyteko is unique in developing this approach to signal bio-molecule science and we are the only company working with these compounds in biostimulant development.

Research projects

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. And it’s an important part of our company values: we value collaboration. As a focused R&D company, we are always responsive to new research projects and collaborative opportunities. Illustrating the point:

 

Rise: Back in 2014 – even before we had filed our first patent – Fyteko was recognised as one of Belgium’s most innovative start-ups. Our reward – a grant of €450,000 over three years – helped us to focus on our biostimulant innovation, taking us through formulation, IP protection, toxicological studies and registration for our first products.

 

Mycosign: Fyteko is working with a German partner to develop new and innovative biostimulants to support sustainable agriculture. MYCOSIGN hopes to harness the beneficial symbiotic actions of mycorrhizal fungi in parallel with a plant’s signalling molecules. Early indications suggest improvements in shoot and root growth, and nutrient uptake, reduced reliance on crop protection interventions, more robust abiotic stress resistance and increased water-use efficiency.

 

EIC Accelerator: Fyteko is proud to be amongst the companies supported by the EIC Accelarator program under the grant agreement 953636. Support from the EIC Accelerator program will enable Fyteko to further develop its formulation for EU conformity; upscale its production process; and prepare for launch in the European market. As a result, Nurspray will become the first and most effective CE-certified biostimulant available.

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Do we have your attention now?

 

If you’ve reached this point on the page, we’ve kept your interest. Do you have a research or development project to collaborate on? The Fyteko team enjoys nothing more than sharing our vision of the biopossible and realising our ambitions for a more sustainable agriculture. We’d love to start a conversation about biostimulants…