MustGrow receives approval to commence field trials via NexusBioAg BAT Program
November 7, 2023 By Top Crop Manager
Saskatchewan-based company MustGrow Biologics Corp. announced the approval of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to commence large-scale field trials via NexusBioAg’s 2024 BioAdvantage Trials Program (BAT Program).
NexusBioAg, is a division of Univar Solutions, providing an expanded portfolio of crop nutrition solutions, including industry-leading inoculants, micronutrients, nitrogen stabilizers and foliar products. NexusBioAg is partnered with MustGrow to provide TerraMGTM to Canadian farmers, upon PMRA registration, as a preplant soil treatment for diseases affecting canola and pulse crops.
NexusBioAg’s BAT Program is a field trialing program with an established process to gather data from large field scale trials across Canada. Since its inception, NexusBioAg continues to expand the BAT Program footprint and engage with collaborators to evaluate products in the NexusBioAg pipeline. Through the BAT Program, NexusBioAg validates product efficacy and establishes the product value and opportunity.
The BAT Program will focus on MustGrow’s TerraMGTM mustard-derived soil biopesticide technology for use in Canadian canola and pulse crop markets. The addition of this plant-based technology to the BAT Program further diversifies and expands NexusBioAg’s extensive portfolio of inoculants, micronutrients, nitrogen stabilizers and foliars for the Canadian agricultural market.
In 2021, NexusBioAg and MustGrow initiated a field research program to develop MustGrow’s sustainable farming technology in Canadian canola and pulse crops. This technology has the potential to address the agronomic challenges of clubroot and aphanomyces diseases which are rapidly devastating these crops. Building on existing collaborative data, NexusBioAg and MustGrow are now moving forward to the next stage of the registration process. Through the BAT Program, NexusBioAg farm customers will have access to MustGrow’s mustard plant-based agronomic innovation.
Clubroot disease: canola
Clubroot is a rapidly spreading disease pathogen destroying canola, one of Canada’s more profitable crops with more than 20 million acres grown each year and contributing $30 billion in economic activity in Canada. Industry experts conservatively estimate $500 million in annual canola crop losses in Canada caused by Clubroot. Current treatments cannot eradicate clubroot completely – they are only intended to slow the spread and reduce the incidence and severity of the disease. Some field infections may lead to 100 per cent crop loss.
Aphanomyces disease: pulse crops
Aphanomyces is a water mould pathogen responsible for root-rot disease, infecting a variety of peas, lentils and other legumes collectively referred to as pulse crops. The disease causes severe root damage and wilting, with yield losses ranging from 10 per cent to 100 per cent in infected fields. Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of pulse crops, with approximately seven to 10 million acres grown annually with an estimated farm gate value of over $3.5 billion, and the world’s largest exporter. Industry experts conservatively estimate $125 million in annual pulse crop losses due to aphanomyces. Current treatment measures cannot control aphanomyces – they are only able to slow down the spread and reduce the incidence and severity of the disease.