Development of a Herbicide Discovery Platform for commercialisation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Plant Sciences


The aim of this proposal is to develop a technology for screening of herbicides with selected modes of action using a novel high throughput system developed in the applicants laboratory.

It builds on the generation of sensitised genetic mutant plants that are more sensitive to chemicals that inhibit specific processes required for plant growth.

Together with an already established technology for herbicide target discovery that exploits unique characteristics of our genetic system, the proposed technology will allow the applicant to develop of a herbicide discovery pipeline that goes from chemical discovery through to target discovery.

Together these technologies will provide the basis of a commercial activity through a variety of routes.

Our market research funded through a Pathfinder award indicates that there is considerable interest from industry in the platform and it has the potential to generate considerable revenues.


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Description We discovered that certain genetic backgrounds can be more sensitive to herbicide that wild type. This allows us to develop a technology that is one of the pillars of a spin out company.
Exploitation Route They are being taken forward in a spin out company.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

Description They have gone to support the establishment of a spin out company, MoA Technology
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Economic