Crop breeding and agronomy technology transfer

Springdale works closely with plant breeders • e.g. Syngenta — trialling crops for Europe’s largest plant breeder, plus currently six specialist breeders from around the world for emerging non food crops (e.g. Crambe), and CNAP for hemp oilseed breeding.

  • New ‘country specific’ non-food crop variety breeding development now ongoing for Springdale.
  • First example was Syngenta’s Skipper oilseed rape selected by Springdale in the UK some seven years ago for biodiesel. Now with energy as a significant market, oilseeds can be bred for different desirable characteristics. Thus glucosinolates in the oilseed plant can be enhanced rather than suppressed in these breeding programmes due to their undesirable effect on seed meals for animal feeding no longer being an issue when the meal is burnt. Also the dietary problem of erucic acid in the oil is not seen as an impediment in oil for biofuel. Plants can be bred for low level input growing environments and systems.
  • Husbandry development through comprehensive ‘in country’ trial and demonstration. Agronomy can also be different for non food uses e.g. use of biosolids for plant nutrition also assists another environmental challenge with these materials.

Springdale Crop Synergies, Providing renewable raw materials for specific products for non food crop markets

  • Clear identification and traceability through assured production including Organic
  • Storage, conditioning, extraction, processing, and transport to the end user
  • Reproducible quality Springdale Crop Synergies Global Crop development New opportunities for non-food oilseed crop ‘Crambe’
  • Existing use as a slip agent
  • New use as a biofuel
  • Crambe has the highest Cetane value (burn ability) of any vegetable oil
  • Crambe is a low input crop suitable to developing countries
  • Crambe has an excellent environmental profile as a fast growing short season crop

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