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PHC Plant Health Care Plc

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Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Plant Health Care Plc LSE:PHC London Ordinary Share GB00B01JC540 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.00 0.00% 3.78 3.70 3.86 - 0.00 01:00:00
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Pesticides, Agric Chems, Nec 11.77M -9.48M -0.0278 -1.36 12.91M
Plant Health Care Plc is listed in the Pesticides, Agric Chems sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker PHC. The last closing price for Plant Health Care was 3.78p. Over the last year, Plant Health Care shares have traded in a share price range of 3.20p to 11.60p.

Plant Health Care currently has 341,532,952 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Plant Health Care is £12.91 million. Plant Health Care has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of -1.36.

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29/9/2018
08:40
The following article (from a series) provides a very interesting read and confirms my view that there is huge potential from the "integration" of biological and conventional crop protection products.

Identifying Uncontested Market Spaces (Blue Oceans) in the Global Crop Protection Industry (Part 3)

September 28, 2018
By: Harry Teicher

The traditional approach to generic crop protection product development has been to compete on prices and incrementally improve formulation and delivery technologies. This strategic profile is unlikely to create market-shaping innovations.

Advances in Biological Crop Protection Provide Value Innovation Opportunities and Strategic Adaptations.

In contrast, the nascent biopesticide industry staked out new utility propositions on the Grower Utility map, to generate a unique strategic profile.

Over the last two decades, significant increases in our understanding of inducible plant defense responses (strongly driven by biopesticide R&D) provide us with new and powerful utility propositions to increase product efficacy, through the introduction of new modes of activity, and the integration of plant defense responses into overall crop protection strategies — an alliance between farmer and crop.

To generate their unique strategic profile, the biopesticide industry altered their scoring on competitive factors through:

* Elimination of competition on price (growers accept the increased cost of Biopesticides)
* Reduction of competition on delivery (application of Biopesticides is more demanding than for conventional, chemical products) and efficacy (there is a perception of variable efficacy for Biopesticides)
* Elevation above industry standards of competition on new modes of action, environmental and toxicological advantages as well as positive branding (image)

… and generated “Blue Ocean” value innovation in an uncontested market space through:

Creation of a new factor that the incumbent generic industry did not offer: the integration of plant defense responses into overall crop protection strategies.

The biopesticide industry has subsequently demonstrated that significant strategic synergies can be achieved by integrating biological and conventional crop protection — not only between products but also between the knowledge bases for these strategies.

In this next article of this series, we continue with Part II of how the Biopesticide & SMART-TECH Industries create a “Blue Ocean” of uncontested crop protection market space.

Full article -

wan
23/9/2018
13:16
The undisclosed partner for corn in the US has particularly piqued my interest, because during the interview the CEO states that there are four players that represent more than 80% of the agchemical market in the US and who have access to about a quarter of the 90 million acres of corn in the US "and it is one on them". Well, in my view that whittles is down to Bayer, Syngenta, DowDupont and BASF, either one represents a potentially very big deal for PHC.

You will note from a quick search that only one of those four appears to have a "fluency agent"! But perhaps a new one will emerge?

I wonder whether the recent settlement (further below) regarding patent litigation between Bayer and Exosect is in anyway related? And also allows Talc to launch a soybean seed treatment which retailers apply (mentioned in the interview)?

Exosect and Bayer reach agreement in dust-up over patents in Canada
7th February 2018

UK Company Exosect Ltd. today announced that it has reached an end to its legal dispute in Canada and the U.S.A. A settlement agreement has now been reached with Bayer. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This concludes a court action brought by Exosect in April 2015 relating to its patent (CA2861526), filed in Canada on April, 4th 2012 and granted on February 3rd, 2015.

The patent for ‘improved seed flowability and methods of sowing seeds for dust drift reduction’ is included within Exosect’s rapidly expanding international portfolio, based on its proprietary technology platform, Entostat®.

Following this agreement, Bayer will continue to sell its fluency product, whilst Exosect will progress with its program of IP out-licencing. Exosect licensee Talc U.S.A. and its product Effusion remain unaffected by the resolution of this action. As previously reported, Exosect and Talc U.S.A. entered into a non-exclusive licensing deal on March 14th, 2016.

In addition to Exosect’s Canadian and US fluency agent patent, others coming to grant include South Africa and Ukraine. Applications are pending in Brazil and EU.

Exosect’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew MacNaughton comments;

“I am pleased that we have reached a mutually agreeable position in this dispute with Bayer. It is important that successful endeavours to produce novel formulations in crop protection, that benefit both mankind and the environment, are made available to farmers with the greatest expediency.”

Further information about Exosect’s award winning Entostat formulation technology can be found on the company website. www.exosect.com

Food for thought at least.

wan
22/9/2018
06:16
The interesting period continues! The following interview from yesterday provides some insightful elements regarding growth prospects, including growth in Brazil with another and additional distributor for Soybeans and Sugar Cane, and an upcoming launch into soybeans in the US. The partner for corn remains (undisclosed) who has circa 25% market share.

Well worth listening to -

wan
20/9/2018
09:01
PHC's existing products and indeed their new technology, PREtec, ultimately has effects on the plant hormones which in turn activate the plants innate growth and defense mechanisms. Such products look set to play an increasingly important part in agriculture. Keeping the launch into corn seed treatment in mind, the following provides a very interesting read -

17th September 2018
Higher corn yields on the way
Plant growth regulators are opening the door to unheard of yields

The more costly fermentation processes of the past also put the use of PGRs on a slower trajectory than Bt corn or variable-rate planting. Plus it’s also taken roughly 70 years for growers to adopt the huge array of technologies that they’ve been asked to put to work on their farms, with everything from hybrids and fertilizers to weed control and biotechnology

In a sense, however, the ground is now ready for the plant growth regulator’s “seed” to be planted.

Full story -

wan
20/9/2018
09:01
PHC's existing products and indeed their new technology, PREtec, ultimately has effects on the plant hormones which in turn activate the plants innate growth and defense mechanisms. Such products look set to play an increasingly important part in agriculture. Keeping the launch into corn seed treatment in the US in mind, the following article provides for a very interesting read -

17th September 2018
Higher corn yields on the way
Plant growth regulators are opening the door to unheard of yields

The more costly fermentation processes of the past also put the use of PGRs on a slower trajectory than Bt corn or variable-rate planting. Plus it’s also taken roughly 70 years for growers to adopt the huge array of technologies that they’ve been asked to put to work on their farms, with everything from hybrids and fertilizers to weed control and biotechnology

In a sense, however, the ground is now ready for the plant growth regulator’s “seed” to be planted.

Full story -

wan
18/9/2018
09:52
Good news. I am happy with results
cascudi
18/9/2018
07:57
It's all about the second half and beyond, and I would not be surprised to see something better than management expect, especially given the full launch into corn in the US.
wan
14/9/2018
17:55
The product has now been identified -
4 hours ago
@PlantHealthC has been shortlisted as a finalist (best biostimulant) in the upcoming Agrow Awards. The Agrow Awards selection panel and farmers are united in their recognition that, as a quality management and yield enhancement tool, ProAct® is a truly innovative.

wan
12/9/2018
08:27
The above post poses an interesting question, what "new" product has been short-listed?
wan
12/9/2018
08:09
I note that Plant Health Care has been short-listed for “Best New Biological Product” at this year’s Agrow Awards -

Best New Biological Product (Biostimulant)

wan
12/9/2018
07:34
More welcome news today with the US launch into corn, which has potential to materially add to sales (given the size of the market), no to mention its the first of a number of product launches.
wan
08/9/2018
08:11
3 big trades at 2 mind before end day
cascudi
31/8/2018
07:40
Exemplifies what is behind the momentum for biologicals -

Punjab plans to cut pesticides use in basmati rice
By Prashant Krar, ET Bureau|Aug 30, 2018,

Basmati grown in Punjab this year is likely to witness a major reduction in use of pesticides and fungicides that lead to rejection of export consignments from India. Alarmed by hurdles in export of rice from India, the state government is reaching out to farmers through Gurugwaras, public meetings and social media to dissuade use of Acephate, Cabandazim, Thiamethoxam, Tricyclazole and Triazophos—chemicals responsible for higher residue level in rice.

“There will be significant decline in use of hazardous chemicals in rice this year that cause hurdles in exports,” KS Pannu, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration Punjab told ET.

Full story, Economic Times India -

Same theme and another good read, not to mention a growing market -

Aug 19, 2018, 03:00pm
Cannabis Is Creating A Boom For Biological Pesticides

As legal cannabis farms take the spotlight, safer methods of pest control are also taking root in more 'mainstream' agriculture.

With more states enacting medicinal and adult recreational cannabis laws each year, health officials have increasingly warned about the potential hazards of products made from crops treated with certain chemicals. In particular, chemical pesticides have been identified as a threat to cannabis consumers' health, with potential risks that can vary depending on whether products are eaten, smoked, vaped, or topically applied.

Full story, Forbes.Com -

wan
28/8/2018
15:21
I meant to include the Safety Data Sheet, which ultimately confirms it's a PHC product -
wan
28/8/2018
15:18
I note the following new product launch from a highly respected distributor for PHC's Harpin aB, interestingly it also uses the following description "contains an elicitor that stimulates gene expression in plants, delivering improved abiotic stress tolerance and better plant growth. Elicitors are known to activate a variety of biosynthetic pathways within the plant" -

New E2 Pro Elicitor from Sherriff Amenity
Sherriff Amenity has announced the launch of E2 Pro Elicitor - a new unique soluble plant biostimulant which contains Harpin aβ.

E2 Pro from Sherriff Amenity is a brand of turf care products which is viewed as being synonymous with quality, and the ever expanding portfolio features a range of both high performing water soluble and liquid fertilisers. There are currently five different analyses within the water soluble range and eight in the liquid portfolio, ensuring that there is a solution to suit a wide range of nutrient requirements throughout the year.

Elicitor is the latest product to be welcomed to the E2 Pro family and by all accounts it appears that turf managers will be more than pleased with addition.



Key Benefits
• Increased photosynthesis
• Increased nutrient uptake
• Increased root development
• Improved tolerance to abiotic stress
• Increased growth

wan
23/8/2018
15:27
Nice volume today
cascudi
23/8/2018
08:13
I believe we are approaching an interesting period from several aspects, impending launch and first sales for a corn seed treatment in the US (a very large market!) as well as, hopefully (given the updates thus far), a very positive trading update.
wan
20/8/2018
08:23
A promising strategy for crop disease management, which could supplement and/or replace chemical pesticides in the near future, is the application of biocontrol products that are capable of triggering innate plant defense responses, and momentum is building behind this strategy.

Recent PHC patent publications -

Published 18th July 2018

BENEFICIAL MICROBES FOR DELIVERY OF EFFECTOR PEPTIDES OR PROTEINS AND USE THEREOF

Disclosed are recombinant host cells comprising a promoter-effective nucleic acid molecule operably coupled to a nucleic acid molecule that encodes a plant effector protein or polypeptide that induces an active plant response including, among others, growth enhancement, disease resistance, pest or insect resistance, and stress resistance. Use of these recombinant host cells for modulating plant biochemical signaling, imparting disease resistance to plants, enhancing plant growth, imparting tolerance to biotic stress, imparting tolerance and resistance to abiotic stress, imparting desiccation resistance to cuttings removed from ornamental plants, imparting post-harvest disease or post-harvest desiccation resistance to a fruit or vegetable, or enhancing the longevity of fruit or vegetable ripeness are also disclosed.


Published 18th July 2018

HYPERSENSITIVE RESPONSE ELICITOR-DERIVED PEPTIDES AND USE THEREOF

Disclosed are hypersensitive-response eliciting peptides and non-hypersensitive response eliciting peptides that induce active plant responses, and that exhibit improved solubility, stability, resistance to chemical degradation, or a combination of these properties. Use of these peptides or fusion polypeptides, or DNA constructs encoding the same, for modulating plant biochemical signaling, imparting disease resistance to plants, enhancing plant growth, imparting tolerance to biotic stress, imparting tolerance and resistance to abiotic stress, imparting desiccation resistance to cuttings removed from ornamental plants, imparting post-harvest disease or post-harvest desiccation resistance to a fruit or vegetable, or enhancing the longevity of fruit or vegetable ripeness are also disclosed.

wan
30/7/2018
12:34
Today's update isn't really news: much the same was in the recent trading statement 16 July 2018. I shouldn't have thought the share price would be affected. I would agree, however, that positive news is welcoming.
trcml
30/7/2018
07:31
Today's update is welcome news, and the yield results, which are excellent, will surely pique further interest.

Regarding the prospects for Harpin in coffee, Brazil was ranked first among the leading coffee-producing countries worldwide in 2017. Coffee is of course grown elsewhere, so the potential market is very large.

It will also be very interesting see what other crops can benefit from the application of Harpin !

wan
27/7/2018
08:45
Aside from PHC's own findings, I have highlighted other scientific findings that provide strong evidence for the use of peptides in agriculture.

I found the following recent findings very interesting indeed, but the work is on-going to better understand the results. I am no scientist, but I wonder whether the ultimate effect was in part, or in full because of the peptides naturally produced by probiotics. Probiotics effect several actions, one being the production of different antimicrobial metabolites such as peptides (e.g. ribosomally synthesized antimicrobial peptides).

Fertilizer destroys plant microbiome’s ability to protect against disease
By Robert Sanders, Media relations | JULY 26, 2018

A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilizing crops may make them more susceptible to disease.

UC Berkeley biologists found that spraying tomatoes with microbes from healthy tomatoes protected them from disease-causing bacteria, but that fertilizing the tomatoes beforehand negated the protection, leading to an increase in the population of pathogenic microbes on the plants’ leaves.

While the researchers don’t yet know whether the increased number of bad bacteria on the leaves actually makes the tomatoes sick, the study clearly shows that fertilizer throws the community of microbes on the leaves off-balance. That potentially could allow disease-causing organisms to enter the plant.

“When we change the nutrient environment that plants are in, we are fundamentally altering the plant-microbiome interaction and also, importantly, the microbiome-mediated protection of natural plant/microbe interactions,” said senior author Britt Koskella, a UC Berkeley assistant professor of integrative biology.

The fertilizer effect was not the only surprise from the study, Koskella said. She and co-author Maureen Berg, a graduate student, were investigating how the density of the microbial community on the leaves affected the plants’ resistance to disease and discovered that a lower dose of beneficial microbes sprayed on the leaves was often more effective in protecting the plants from infection than higher doses. Berg sprayed leaves with an artificial microbial community composed of 12 species of bacteria taken from the natural microbiome of healthy tomatoes.

“We found that the most protective community was the most dilute, the least concentrated, the lowest dose,” she said. “This was completely nonintuitive. A medium dose gave medium protection and the highest dose was the least protective.”

Probiotics for plants
The reasons are unclear, but the findings are important because organic farmers are talking about spraying crops with probiotics to encourage better growth and disease protection, in the same way that humans consume probiotics containing “good” microbes in hopes of improving their health.

“The fact that we saw this lower-dose/higher-protection effect suggests it is not as simple as just throwing on more microbes,” Koskella said. “There is a lot of work to be done understanding how to apply a plant probiotic.”

She and Berg will report their findings in the Aug. 6 print edition of the journal Current Biology; the article will be posted online July 26.

Koskella focuses on plants’ above-ground microbiomes, or the phyllosphere, a poorly understood community compared to the well-studied below-ground microbiome associated with plant roots, the rhizosphere. Researchers are finding unsuspected activity within phyllosphere microbes, including that some of the bacteria fix nitrogen from the air like root-associated bacteria. Many studies have demonstrated that microbial communities in the roots can promote plants’ nutrient uptake, growth and resistance to disease, and Koskella is investigating whether this also holds true for the above-ground microbiome.

Her experiments are relevant to the issue of treating crops with probiotics, and could help answer questions such as: What is the right mix of bacteria for a given plant? What is the best way to apply this proper mix?

To investigate these questions, Koskella and Berg began by sampling the natural leaf microbes of healthy tomatoes grown in outdoor fields at UC Davis.

They then sprayed the mix on sterile tomato plants in growth chambers at UC Berkeley and, one week later, injected the leaves with Pseudomonas syringae bacteria, which cause tomato speck, a major problem that’s treated with pesticides. The new microbial community on the tomatoes did, in fact, protect the plants from colonization by pathogens, though the microbial communities obtained from some tomato fields worked better than the microbiomes from other fields.

“This phyllosphere microbial community, much like our own skin, is a first line of defense against disease, so we expected to see protection, though we didn’t know for sure,” Koskella said.

Artificial microbial communities
Surprisingly, when they varied the concentration of microbes sprayed on the leaves, they found that in many cases low dosages worked better than high dosages.

To find out why, they constructed an artificial microbial community composed of 12 of the species found on natural plants — basically, the 12 that grew best in culture. When they sprayed various dosages of the synthetic community on tomatoes, they got the same result: low, diluted doses were more protective against Pseudomonas than were high, concentrated doses.

Berg repeated the experiment to confirm the puzzling findings, but during one subsequent trial she decided to fertilize the droopy plants first. In that trial, none of the microbiome doses were protective against Pseudomonas. When they repeated the trial with and without fertilization, they confirmed that application of fertilizer abolished the protective effects previously observed.

In each experiment, they judged protection against pathogens by recording the relative population of Pseudomonas compared to the other, mostly beneficial microbes, since a healthy microbiome should effectively compete with a pathogen and knock it down to low levels.

Koskella has suspicions about why fertilizer alters the microbiome, top among them the possibility that the nutrients make healthier leaves, which keeps all the microbes happy and obviates the need for the good microbes to out-compete the bad microbes. She and her group are now pursuing experiments to test that hypothesis.

They still have no idea why probiotic treatment at low dosages works better than high doses, but hope that future research can solve this mystery and help guide the suitable application of probiotics in agriculture.

Nevertheless, Koskella and Berg said, the impact of fertilizer on the leaf and stem microbiome should lead biologists to explore fertilizer’s effect on the root microbiome as well, and on the general health of the plant.

“We have been fertilizing crops for so long it would surprise me if we haven’t already seen consequences of long-term fertilization on how plants interact with their microbes,” she said. “There are a lot of studies that show domesticated plants tend to have very different microbial communities than their wild relatives.”

The big questions are, does that affect the plant’s overall health, and why?

Koskella is one of the leaders of a new UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab joint initiative to put microbiome studies on a firmer scientific foundation, emphasizing reproducible experiments and testable theories and drawing upon the campus’s expertise in ecology, evolution, environmental science, the interactions between pathogens and their hosts, data science and cutting-edge genomics technology.

The newly published research was funded by UC Berkeley and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (DGE 1106400) to Berg.

Source - hxxp://news.berkeley.edu/2018/07/26/fertilizer-destroys-plant-microbiomes-ability-to-protect-against-disease/



The other interesting element from the above scientific findings was the improved effect from a lower dosage, which I think PHC may have also noticed in recent trial results (my interpretation).

In any regard, the evidence supporting the use of biorationals in agriculture is adding momentum to the direction of travel!

wan
19/7/2018
07:56
Thanks Astonedt, that adds weight to my thoughts in post 37.
wan
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