FBSciences, Inc., an emerging leader in plant health innovation, announces the key active ingredient in its technology platform has been granted EPA registration for use as a plant growth regulator (PGR). Complex polymeric polyhydroxy acids (CPPA) is a broad-spectrum PGR for use on field and greenhouse crops.
The patented CPPA technology represents a novel chemistry that serves as a versatile product development platform to improve germination and seedling development, stimulate root and shoot growth, and improve the plant’s ability to withstand stress. By improving plant health throughout the season, CPPA optimizes the crop’s yield potential.
“We wanted to deliver something with multiple application methods,” says Terry Hanson, FBSciences’ chief technology officer. “The seed treatment, in particular, has tremendous value due to the need to protect farmers’ increasing seed investments. For this reason, bio-derived seed-treatment products containing ingredients like CPPA are expected to grow at a faster pace than any other segment.”
Food production will have to grow significantly over the next 40 years to meet the needs of the world’s population. With this in mind, FBSciences CEO Dr. David Duncan explains that “efficiency-improving and stress management products like CPPA are expected to grow in market share by 15 to 20 percent over the next five years to meet the emerging challenges to food production.”
Over 800 studies conducted around the world by independent researchers and universities with CPPA have validated the benefits of the new active ingredient. The first commercially available product utilizing CPPA is designed for use as a seed treatment in 2014.