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Tel Aviv U and ADAMA establish first-of-a-kind research and teaching center focused on crop protection technology

By David Schwartz
Published: January 14th, 2020

Tel Aviv University (TAU) and global crop protection company ADAMA Ltd. have launched a unique research and teaching program on active substance delivery and formulation, an innovation and growth driver in the worlds of agriculture and crop protection. The innovative, jointly developed study program will be taught at The ADAMA Center for Novel Crop Protection Delivery Systems at TAU.  

The collaboration will combine the worlds of industry and academia, training advanced degree research students from chemistry, life sciences and engineering in the delivery and formulation of active crop protection substances, a field in desperate need of more experts.

Dr. Elad Shabtai, VP of Innovation, Development, Research and Registration at ADAMA, explains that to date, specialization in delivery and formulation could only be acquired by people already working in the industry and could not be studied as a profession in academic institutions anywhere in the world, leading to a shortage of talent.

In addition to the academic program, ADAMA will be investing in a world-class research laboratory TAU School of Chemistry, where the program’s research and experiments will be carried out. ADAMA will award scholarships to 25 students from a range of disciplines such as chemistry, materials engineering, plant sciences and others, who will earn their advanced degrees with specialization in delivery and formulation. Students will have access to ADAMA’s state-of-the-art laboratories to conduct experiments and will receive practical training from the company’s research people.

This initiative is also tied to ADAMA’s vision for the next generation of crop protection formulations. These products are anticipated to deliver better efficacy to control crop disease, combat resistances and enhance farm yields and food supply while requiring less usage of crop protection active ingredients thus reducing their footprint on the environment and in the food chain.

ADAMA President and CEO Chen Lichtenstein says the company “recognizes that its success in the competitive global market relies on research and development capabilities as a driver of strategic growth. The international delivery and formulation research center we are inaugurating at Tel Aviv University will enable us to together train the finest researchers in the field, thus preparing them to join the ranks of the agrochemical industry.”

Added Professor Roey Amir, head of the ADAMA Center for Innovative Crop Protection Solutions at TAU, “In the past few years there has been a demand for the development of smart agriculture, which will help minimize quantities of crop protection substances while enhancing their efficacy through novel delivery systems, similar to what is currently taking place in biomedical research. Establishment of the Center will enable us to work, together with ADAMA, on training the future generation of scientists who will lead the field in Israel and worldwide.”

Source: Cision

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