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Alltech Crop Science Acquires Agri-Food Research and Development Leader

Alltech Crop Science strengthens its dedication to Working Together for a Planet of Plenty — its core mission — with the acquisition of Murcia, Spain-based Ideagro. The partnership joins the two platforms to enhance soil and crop research and elevate the biological and additional microorganism-based offerings for Alltech Crop Science customers across the globe, shared a release.

“We are excited to announce that Ideagro has joined the Alltech Crop Science global team, providing us with a partner who shares our vision and significantly scaling our research capabilities,” commented Andy Thomas, CEO of Alltech Crop Science. “This is the strengthening of a longstanding partnership. We have worked closely with the Ideagro team since their founding 11 years ago.”

Ideagro is made up of a team of over 20 scientists that have led the company in spearheading agri-food research and development in the industry. With an expertise in creating beneficial organisms for soil, Ideagro aims to help crop growth, reduce chemical input impact and aid in the resistance of biotic and abiotic stress for plants. The company possesses analytic capabilities, specializing in in-vitro research, phytopathology, soil dynamics and microorganisms.

“We are facing a great growth opportunity for Ideagro because we are going to have better means and more technological capacity to develop our research, which will now have a global projection,” said Pedro Palazón, CEO of Ideagro. “We will no longer only study the soils of the Iberian Peninsula, but we will work with soils from all over the world to achieve more sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture.”

Ideagro’s laboratories and experimental research stations located in Spain allow the company to carry out a multitude of trials. To date, Ideagro has researched over 90 different crops and executed over 10,000 physicochemical and biological analyses that have led to the creation of new agricultural strategies with microorganisms at the center.

Ideagro’s three laboratories come fully equipped with cutting-edge technologies that focus on nutraceuticals, phytopathology, research and development and molecular biology. Services offered include:

  • Diagnoses, identification and semi-quantification for the species level of over 290 microorganisms in different crops. With multi specific detection kits, the technology can identify up to 40 pathogenic microorganisms with a single sample.
  • Molecular identification of microorganisms, the genetic characterization of certain strains and the determination of a pathogen’s pathotypes.
  • Analysis of nematodes.
  • The detection of microorganisms found in soil, water, plant material and biostimulants through specific probes designed for specific microorganisms.
  • Mycotoxin analyses.

“The combination of the Ideagro expertise with the reach and scale of Alltech will allow us to extend world-leading understanding of the interface between soil, crop, animal and human health to the global market,” said Andy Thomas, CEO of Alltech Crop Science. “The potential implications of these insights cannot be understated as we endeavor to improve the vitality of our global food system, from the ground up.”