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Dr. Kathryn M. Knight
Research and Technology Manager, Crop Care business   Croda Crop Care

Kathryn is the Research and Technology Manager for the Crop Care business of Croda Europe Ltd. She can be reached at kathryn.knight@croda.com.

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  • Capturing Better Seed Solutions through Formulation Optimisation   2015-11-03

    The high performance requirements and complexity of seed treatments, means formulating is the focal challenge. Seed treatment formulations usually contain multiple active ingredients and/or high loading levels. In addition, treatments must not reduce the quality of the seed or be detrimental to germination. Instead they should provide “added value” to the grower, such as better emergence and/ or seedling establishment, improved crop health, quality and yield.

    The high performance requirements and complexity of seed treatments, means formulating is the focal challenge. Seed treatment formulations usually contain multiple active ingredients and/or high loading levels. In addition, treatments must not reduce the quality of the seed or be detrimental to germination. Instead they should provide “added value” to the grower, such as better emergence and/ or seedling establishment, improved crop health, quality and yield.

  • The Network Challenge: Oil Dispersion Development   2015-04-16

    The delivery of crop protection products is most commonly achieved by dilution of a formulated material into a spray tank. Selection of which formulation type is appropriate for the product is governed principally by the physical chemical properties of the active ingredient(s) it contains, in tandem with the delivery performance demand, and more often than not, strategic marketing requirements.

    The delivery of crop protection products is most commonly achieved by dilution of a formulated material into a spray tank. Selection of which formulation type is appropriate for the product is governed principally by the physical chemical properties of the active ingredient(s) it contains, in tandem with the delivery performance demand, and more often than not, strategic marketing requirements.

  • Formulating for efficacy   2014-11-06

    One of the biggest barriers to the agrochemical industry today is posed by the regulators. In Europe, Regulation 1107/2009 continues to come into effect and poses significant risk to many agrochemical active ingredients (AIs). It is estimated that about 100 AIs could be impacted, more than 25% of those currently registered, resulting in further losses to European farmers. When coupled with the decline in new AI discovery and the growth of resistance to all classes of agrochemicals, crop protection is now facing unprecedented challenges which directly impact national and international food security.

    One of the biggest barriers to the agrochemical industry today is posed by the regulators. In Europe, Regulation 1107/2009 continues to come into effect and poses significant risk to many agrochemical active ingredients (AIs). It is estimated that about 100 AIs could be impacted, more than 25% of those currently registered, resulting in further losses to European farmers. When coupled with the decline in new AI discovery and the growth of resistance to all classes of agrochemicals, crop protection is now facing unprecedented challenges which directly impact national and international food security.

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