Managing Environmental Stress - The Next Frontier in Crop Productivity

Environmental stresses are estimated to cause 50-60% of all losses in today's agriculture. Reducing these losses by even a small fraction would contribute significantly towards fulfilling the increasing demand for feed, fibre and fuel of the world’s rapidly growing population. CMM’s science-based approach to this problem is to harness the plant’s natural stress coping mechanisms to improve crop productivity. CMM is identifying specific molecules that prepare the plant’s key stress defense pathways. Using this method CMM is able to design highly targeted solutions to a wide range of environmental stressors (cold, heat, light, drought, salinity etc.).  CMM’s novel technologies can significantly reduce crop losses without genetically modified organisms, loosely characterized ‘plant extracts’ or ancillary uses of existing pesticides. CMM has developed a proprietary platform for effective stress management. CMM’s goal is to provide grower’s the means to increase crop yield and quality with easy to use, cost effective, sustainable technologies.

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Abiotic Stress Impacts

Although essential for plant growth, losses due to excess light, heat, cold, drought, and other factors cause significant reductions in the quality and quantity of crop yield. For example, most people are surprised to learn that photosynthesis is reduced or stopped at temperatures of 30C (86F) and impaired at even lower temperatures. Too much light induces free radical oxygen formation and subsequent damage. Yield losses can be as high as 75% under stress conditions.

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Stress Management Innovation

 PHOTON is the first commercial product, providing excellent yield and quality improvements at rates between 16 and 40 grams of product per hectare (7 to 16 g/A).

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CMM is taking a leaf out of mother natures book and using the plant's own biochemistry to provide protection against environmental stressors. Using this approach CMM has identified multiple target sites within plants that are responsive to naturally occurring compounds, which trigger the stress coping systems.

CMM is researching and commercializing a number of these compounds. The first technology, currently named G3, actually pinpoints the stress-sensing mechanism in crops. Results of G3 field trials show that treated plants are better able to withstand various stresses resulting in increased yields of higher quality crops.

PHOTON is the first commercial product, providing excellent yield and quality improvements at rates between 16 and 40 grams of product per hectare (7 to 16 g/A).


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