New Fungicide

New Fungicide

We have discovered a product that has effective anti-fungal activity against several economically important plant pathogens of concern to the plant, food and wine industries. In particular we have focussed on the brown rot of stone fruit. This disease affects high value stonefruits globally and is considered the number one pathogen problem that confronts stonefruit producers world wide. To date, we have shown that the product has potent activity against M. fructicola in lab based assays, and on host tissues such as peach flowers and freshly harvested cherries. We are currently validating the opportunity.

Objective

Answer some immediate questions regarding the safgety and efficacy of the potential product and determine IP position.

Unique Selling Propositions

We would target the sprays at the pre harvest period since there are very few fungicides that can be used at that time due to the risks associated with pesticide residues. The application of an organically acceptable fungicide in the pre-harvest period would significantly lower the risk of fruit infection and subsequent fruit fungal spoilage, whilst maintaining the industries goal of nil detectable residues in export fruit and wine.

Applications
  • Control of Monilinia species, the cause of pre- and post-harvest brown rot in high value stone fruits including cherries, nectarines and peaches in NZ.
  • Control of Monilinia species in stone fruit in other major stonefruit producing regions including Spain, Italy and California.
  • Control of the two primary apple pathogens (Black spot and Elsinoe) in high value export apple crops.
  • Control of other leaf spotting pathogens in vegetable and cereal crops such as Septoria species (leaf spot diseases) and Botrytis cinerea (grey mold). World wide, fungicide control of these fruit and vegetable diseases costs runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
IP Strategy

Patent and FTO analysis currently being revised in consultation with our patent attorneys

Project Status

Proof of Concept - Early prototype built