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Inaris's revolutionary technology platform when combined with a winning commercial model, would deliver significant value and help create a sustainable future for agriculture. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

SEEDesign company, Inari recently announced the completion of a US$103mn fundraise to develop and commercialise higher-yielding seeds by utilising AI-powered predictive design and multiplex gene editing


One of Inari's existing investors, Hanwha Impact pointed out that Inari's strong progress since their initial investment in 2021, was one of the key reasons for their increased support in this fundraise. A Hanwa Impact spokesperson mentioned that Inaris's revolutionary technology platform when combined with a winning commercial model, would deliver significant value and help create a sustainable future for agriculture. Besides their regular investors, Inari also welcomed new investors including RCM Private Markets fund.

"These investments represent further external validation of Inari's innovative technology and confidence in our creation of significant economic and environmental value by delivering our breakthrough, nature-positive products to seed customers," said Inari CEO, Ponsi Trivisvavet

For more information, visit: Inari.com

WeedOut's green solution for outsmarting resistant weeds supports improved yield, reduced herbicide need. (Image source: WeedOUT)

Ag-tech start-up WeedOUT Ltd., has announced that it has secured US$8.1mn in A-round funding


Leading the round is prominent US agri- focused VC, Fulcrum Global Capital. The infusion of new capital will advance the company's mission to combat weed resistance through its breakthrough green solution. 

WeedOUT's solution could solve one of the greatest threats to agriculture and food security: herbicide-resistant weeds. The company created a novel and environmentally conscious approach to significantly curbing proliferation of weeds that no longer respond to commonly used chemical herbicides.

WeedOUT's first target is the Palmer amaranth weed (Amaranthus palmeri), which can grow up to several metres high and invade fields of corn, cotton, soybeans, and sugar beets. It can crash corn crop yield by 90% and soybean yield by 80%. The prolonged use of chemical herbicides, such as glyphosate, has enabled these destructive weeds to develop multiple resistance.

WeedOUT's novel method takes inspiration from sterility techniques used successfully since the 1940s for controlling populations of unwanted insects, such as mosquitoes and flies. It centres on a proprietary weed pollen derived from the male plants. This sterile pollen fertilises the female weed ovules, yielding nonviable seeds and effectively impeding the growth of a new generation of resistant weeds. The company recently submitted a request to the Environmental Protection Agency for marketing approval and is developing new formulations targeting different weed species.

The WeedOUT solution marks a new era for farmers. "By enabling them to integrate our biological approach with traditional methods, we are redefining weed management strategies," emphasised Noivirt-Brik, PhD, co-founder and co-CEO of WeedOUT"Our products will dramatically enhance crop yields while simultaneously minimising dependency on chemical herbicides. We envision our technology being widely adopted for multiple crops and serving as a key solution in the battle against resistant weeds. WeedOUT will make a vital and meaningful contribution to agricultural practices and food security, worldwide."

For more information, visit: www.weedout-ibs.com and https://www.fgcvc.com

IFOAM plans to continue its collaboration with European policymakers to ensure that the legislation governing green claims truly represents environmental benefits. (Image source: IFOAM Organics Europe)

Emphasising the limitations of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology for certain product categories, IFOAM Organics Europe on 14 February, welcomed the vote on grain claims, with the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) confirming these limitations, that were already highlighted in the Commission proposals

The WEED Solut-ioN product is designed to reduce pesticide use by up to 50%. (Image source: Pandawa Agri Indonesia)

 

In collaboration with FGV Agri Services Sdn Bhd (FGVAS) and NAFAS Agri Services Sdn Bhd (NASSB), life-science-based agricultural company, Pandawa Agri Indonesia (PAI) has introduced WEED Solut-ioN to the rice smallholder ecosystem through government distribution channels and open markets in Malaysia

Photovoltaic agriculture is particularly relevant for regions like Southeast Asia and Africa. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

While critical global issues such as climate governance, energy security, and sustainable agriculture were highlighted at COP28 last year, Chinas practices in photovoltaic agriculture stood out as a promising solution to climate change challenges

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