New agricultural chemicals and interventions

There is an urgent need for new agrichemicals as existing products are withdrawn for legislative reasons, and for more environmentally-friendly and sustainable means of maintaining crop and livestock health.

Our research offers many new opportunities in this sector.

These include discovery of natural products with potential as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, improved understanding of “chemical messages” between soil organisms, including antagonisms that reduce levels of plant disease organisms, cheap, fast and effective means of producing vaccines against livestock pathogens, and identification of natural products with potential for growth control in crop plants and for maintaining health in farmed fish.