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Plant conditioner enhancing plants' drought resistance based on proline aminoacid

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Project "DRYFIT" data sheet

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postcode: 94363
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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.4. (Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries and supporting the development of a European bioeconomy)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.1. (Sustainable agriculture and forestry)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.2.2. (Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2017-03-31


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 Project objective

Drought and extreme heat events cause 25% of crop losses in Europe, and reduce availability of irrigation water for agriculture, leading to severe economic impact on farmer’s income. The low proportion of irrigated agricultural land (only 6.7% of total European cultivated area), and the strict limitations for growing genetically modified crops (e.g. resistant to drought), rest much competitiveness to a sector that is extremely vulnerable to weather conditions. Thus, a clear business opportunity exists in Europe for methods to enhance crop drought resistance, which is indeed favoured by the current shift of plant protection product’s market towards preventive tools for optimizing yield performance (12% annual growth, €2,3 billion by 2021). DRYFIT is a new plant conditioner composed by a natural blend of substances already present in plants, that enhances their resistance to water or combined water-heat stress caused by droughts and extreme high-temperature events. DRYFIT is based on proline aminoacid, which increases the cells' (plant) water retention by 20-30%, so they are not harmed by water deficit. The Salicylic acid, its second ingredient, provides additional protection against other abiotic stresses (salinity, metals), and maximizes the performance of proline. Our product value is not only given by the preventive protection to external stresses, but also by its innocuity, and the easy-to-use foliar application mode that does not require exposing roots to air (as is the case of pesticides), thus minimizing the probability of infection by external disease agents. DRYFIT is the result of the intense R&D activity of StarAgro Deutschland GmbH, a German SME currently commercializing other plant conditioners. By this new product, StarAgro forecasts to achieve between 2019 and 2021 a cumulative revenue of €4,6 million with €0,8 million profit (profitability ratio of 25%), increasing workforce in 10 people.

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