Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Cooperative agreement - start for further development of eco-friendly seed treatment using electrons

29.11.2011
Cooperative agreement marks the start for further development of eco-friendly seed treatment using electrons

A cooperative agreement was signed on November 24th, by the directors of Getreide AG and BayWa AG, the managing director of Röber Institut GmbH, and the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden for a further joint development of seed treatment processes using low energy electrons.

This group of seed treatment companies, a plant manufacturer, and a research institute aims to advance the eco-friendly process to a new level and to establish it in the commercial marketplace.

Seed treatment using electrons has been used on a large scale for many years by BayWa AG and Getreide AG.

In the last years, more than 200,000 hectares of cereal crops are cultivated in Germany using electron-treated seed.

This year Getreide AG and BayWa AG acquired the Wesenitz pilot plant. These companies are the first licensees of the process developed by the Fraunhofer FEP. In collaboration with Röber Institut GmbH, the plant manufacturer, the aim is to adapt the technology further to the requirements of the marketplace. The extensive practical experience gained over recent years will be advantageous here.

The new developments aim to make the plant more versatile regarding its size and throughput. In addition, the aim is also to adapt the process for other agricultural crops and vegetable seed.

Seed treatment with electrons is an effective and reliable method for freeing seeds of seed-borne pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses).

Using a special equipment the electrons only act on the surface and inside the seed coat.

The ability of the seeds to germinate is thus not impaired and is at least equivalent to the ability of chemically dressed seeds to germinate.

The physical process, which has been recommended many times for organic farming, has a number of advantages for both users and the environment: Excess seed can be used as animal feed, harmful organisms cannot develop any resistance to this process, and no chemical agents are employed. Furthermore, the avoidance of dust from dressing processes, the improved flow properties of the seed, and the faster field emergence are deemed to be positive by users.

Scientific contact:
Frank-Holm Rögner
Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP
Phone +49 351 2586-242
frank-holm.roegner@fep.fraunhofer.de
Press contact:
Annett Arnold
Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP
Phone +49 351 2586-452
annett.arnold@fep.fraunhofer.de

Annett Arnold | Fraunhofer-Institut
Further information:
http://www.fep.fraunhofer.de/
http://www.fep.fraunhofer.de/en/press_and_media.html

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht Water forms 'spine of hydration' around DNA, group finds
26.05.2017 | Cornell University

nachricht How herpesviruses win the footrace against the immune system
26.05.2017 | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can the immune system be boosted against Staphylococcus aureus by delivery of messenger RNA?

Staphylococcus aureus is a feared pathogen (MRSA, multi-resistant S. aureus) due to frequent resistances against many antibiotics, especially in hospital infections. Researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have identified immunological processes that prevent a successful immune response directed against the pathogenic agent. The delivery of bacterial proteins with RNA adjuvant or messenger RNA (mRNA) into immune cells allows the re-direction of the immune response towards an active defense against S. aureus. This could be of significant importance for the development of an effective vaccine. PLOS Pathogens has published these research results online on 25 May 2017.

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bacterium that colonizes by far more than half of the skin and the mucosa of adults, usually without causing infections....

Im Focus: A quantum walk of photons

Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.

The quantum computer has fuelled the imagination of scientists for decades: It is based on fundamentally different phenomena than a conventional computer....

Im Focus: Turmoil in sluggish electrons’ existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.

We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...

Im Focus: Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern. Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets...

Im Focus: World's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world

Nano-hologram paves way for integration of 3-D holography into everyday electronics

An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Marine Conservation: IASS Contributes to UN Ocean Conference in New York on 5-9 June

24.05.2017 | Event News

AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium 2017: Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises

23.05.2017 | Event News

Dortmund MST Conference presents Individualized Healthcare Solutions with micro and nanotechnology

22.05.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

How herpesviruses win the footrace against the immune system

26.05.2017 | Life Sciences

Water forms 'spine of hydration' around DNA, group finds

26.05.2017 | Life Sciences

First Juno science results supported by University of Leicester's Jupiter 'forecast'

26.05.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>