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Nuevas moléculas orgánicas y hormonas vegetales para desarrollar una nueva generación de biofertilizantes para agricultura sostenible

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20151106002
Publicado:
09/12/2015
Caducidad:
09/12/2016
Resumen:
Una spin-off de una universidad italiana ha desarrollado un método para sintetizar y producir nuevas moléculas orgánicas y hormonas vegetales y desarrollar nuevos conceptos de prácticas de agricultura sostenible, en particular mediante análogos de estrigolactonas que se emplean en el diseño y desarrollo de una nueva generación de biofertilizantes. Las nuevas moléculas tienen propiedades biológicas únicas tanto para la salud de las plantas como de los humanos (agentes antitumorales). Se buscan socios industriales e investigadores con el fin de establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica.

Details

Tittle:
Innovative organic molecules and plant hormones to develop a new generation of biofertilizers for sustainable agriculture
Summary:
An Italian university spin-off has developed a method to synthetize and produce innovative organic molecules and new plant hormones to develop new concepts of sustainable agricultural practises, in particular through Strigolactone analogues to be used in the design and development of a new generation of biofertilizers. The new molecules have unique biological properties both for plant and human health (antitumor agents). Industrial and R-Y-D partners are sought for technical cooperation agreement.
Description:
An Italian spin-off aims at a lab to lab collaboration in the field of agrochemicals. Its mission is to synthesize and distribute organic molecules, among which Strigolactone analogues to be used in the design and development of new a generation of biofertilizers. In addition the spin-off can produce small molecules and prepare the requested intermediates either by following known literature procedures or synthesis protocols. For new compounds, experienced chemists can design the synthesis route for the preparation of the material themselves. Enantiopure compounds can be provided on demands.
The technology consists in the synthesis of a new class of plant hormones, their analogues and inhibitors. These molecules, called Strigolactones, are natural compounds produced at nanomolar concentration by the roots of most plants and show a unique set of biological properties:
i) they are plant hormones affecting the plant productivity, senescence, plant resilience to osmotic and nutritional stress;
i) they act as signalling molecules in the rhizosphere;
iii) they are potent antitumor agents.
All these features make Strigolactones interesting products for different kind of customers.
The team of the spin-off consists of organic chemists, plant physiologists and mycologists with a strong scientific background in the field of bioactive compounds, their design and bioactivity tests.
Industry and R-Y-D partners belonging to the agrochemical sector are sought for technical cooperation agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
Strigolactones are a new class of plant hormones whose role is currently under study and whose potential has not been completely exploited yet; one of the limiting aspect is the limited availability of bioactive compounds: the natural Strigolactones are produced in a nanomolar amount, and are thus not reliable source. The bustling research activity on Strigolactones and their role needs standard, analogues and inhibitors to perform bioactivity test and to make Strigolactones a real opportunity to develop new concepts of sustainable agricultural practises. The SME will provide molecules whose activity has already been reported in the literature as well as new designed compounds according to custom synthesis requests.
Domain of application:
1. Agrochemicals
2. Pharmaceutical
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Secret Know-how
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Italian patent on the synthesis granted
2 PCT patents for pharmaceutical applications

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought:
Industry, academy, research organisations
- Specific area of activity of the partner:
Agrochemical companies, agricultural research centres
- Task to be performed:
Evaluate technology offer to negotiate collaboration

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Italian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
07001003 Biocontrol
06002001 Bioquímica / biofísica
06002009 Diseño molecular
05001004 Química orgánica