The aim of this new business area is to achieve a higher added value from natural resources while also protecting them. To achieve this goal we evaluate the potential use of active substances from renewable raw materials, especially from niche plants and residues, with respect to pesticidal and pharmacological effectiveness.
At the same time, the resource efficiency of agricultural production is determined by considering positive effects of crop rotation and an increased agrobiodiversity.
Evaluating the economic competitiveness of the approach includes knowledge on the efficacy of single substances versus extracts, the variability of the yield depending on plant varieties, soil and climatic conditions, pathogen infection and postharvest treatment. We also offer an economic assessment of multiple uses, minimizing competition to food and feed production.