Alltech: Newly acquired asset can help deliver insights into interface between soil, crop, animal, and human health

By Jane Byrne

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Alltech Crop Science has acquired Ideagro, a Spanish company focused on the analysis and testing of food products, agricultural inputs and the development of microorganisms.

Alltech has been working with the Ideagro, which is based in Murcia, Spain, since its foundation 11 years ago.

The company has expertise in the development of beneficial organisms for soil aids the growth of crops, reducing the impact of chemical inputs and helping plants to resist biotic and abiotic stress.  

The combination of the Ideagro expertise with the reach and scale of Alltech will boost both parties' understanding of the interface between soil, crop, animal and human health, said Andy Thomas, CEO of Alltech Crop Science.

"The integration of Ideagro into the Alltech family will bring the best of both organizations to the benefit of our customers and the planet. Ideagro's expertise in microbial identification, isolation and modes of action will provide an ongoing pipeline of innovative solutions for crop and soil health. Alltech's established global network enables us to scale these solutions and provide access to growers globally. The result: Improved soil and crop health, restoration of ecosystems, profitable production and better nutrition for all, from livestock to human health,"​ he told us. 

To date, Ideagro, which has labs, experimental research stations and fields for carrying out trials in Spain, has researched more than 90 different crops and performed more than 10,000 physicochemical and biological analyses. This has led to the development of new agricultural strategies based on microorganisms, said Alltech.

Mycotoxin analytical expertise 

Its three labs are equipped with technologies to focus on nutraceuticals, phytopathology, research and development and molecular biology, while its services include mycotoxin analyses. “With more than 15,000 analyses carried out to date, Ideagro can identify and quantify the risks of aflatoxin B1, fumonisins, zearalenone and deoxynivalenol trichothecenes and T2 toxin.”

In addition, the company provides monthly data on mycotoxin contamination in animal feed and in the main crops of the Spanish and European markets.

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