Completing the product-market fit of the B-COS platform: biological plant priming for a customized agriculture

01 May 2024 → 30 April 2025
Regional and community funding: Industrial Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Industrial microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant protection
plant priming crop protection precision fermentation chitooligosaccharides
Project description

It is time to change course on how we use pesticides in the European Union (EU). To safeguard our environment, food, & public health, the EU has proposed to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50% by the year 2030 as part of the European Green Deal. This goal is a complex challenge, as a one-size-fits-all solution is unattainable. Instead, the EU emphasises the adoption of sustainable, non-chemical pest control methods, with a strong focus on pest prevention. In ProFIT, we will further expand the applicability of and potential for defined microbial chitooligosaccharides to be used as (cost-)effective biological plant priming agents and enable the path towards customized agriculture.