Staphyt – Field to Fork Adapting our services to the new challenges of European agriculture

Our seed and plant protection/nutrition customers are at the heart of the changes that European agriculture must make to meet the major challenges of the 21st century: food safety and balance, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, reduction of inputs, soil management, water management, adaptation to climate change, etc. 

Staphyt works to help its customers design new varieties and agricultural inputs and contributes at its level to the development of tomorrow’s agriculture and food.

Below are four major objectives that the sector must meet, as well as some of the solutions that Staphyt proposes to its customers:

Increase of organic farming areas

Europe must convert 25% of its agricultural land to organic farming by 2030. Currently, organic farming covers 8.5% of the UAA

At Staphyt, while we fully maintain our conventional (synthetic or “chemical”) product trial network as a bedrock of our business, we have a network of organic farming trial platforms in collaboration with organic producers in France (Brittany, Center, South West), Germany and Austria. “We have doubled the capacity of our organic trials this year and this trend is continuing. Other sites may be set up in Europe depending on demand. “says Pascal Basta, Seeds Business Unit Director.
These experimental sites can host varietal breeding programs combined, or not, with efficacy trials for biological products.

Examples of themes Staphyt works on:

  • Monitoring of varietal yields under growing conditions that meet organic (as well as conventional) farming specifications
  • Trials of new biologicals (as well as synthetics) in seed treatment (evaluation of the vigor and development of plants at early stages),
  • Evaluation of biopesticides (both alone and within an optimised programme including synthetic products with differing modes of action) for pest resistance
  • Evaluation of biostimulants for plant development

Vegetable protein plan in France:

As part of the European Farm to Fork program, the vegetable protein plan aims to reduce France’s dependence on vegetable protein imports from third countries, to allow farmers to improve their autonomy for animal feed and to encourage the French to increase their consumption of vegetable proteins in order to meet the new nutritional recommendations.

At Staphyt, we have set up a European network of protein crop experimentation. Trial platforms for soybean, fava bean, broad beans, lupine, winter and spring pea or bean are available.

Examples of themes Staphyt works on:

  • Variety trials, seeding density trials.
  • Trials with mixtures of summer forage plants to improve the protein yield of the crop (as part of the Cap Protéines project co-conducted by Arvalis / Institut de l’Elevage), 
  • Applications and tests of biocontrol products on protein crops,
  • Variety trials, seeding density trials.

Reduction of the use of chemical pesticides:

As part of the Green Deal, Europe must reduce the use of ‘chemical’ pesticides by 50% by 2030.

Varietal innovation through the creation of lines or varieties that are resistant to biotic stresses (bio-aggressors) can promote a significant decrease of the treatment frequency indicator.

 At Staphyt, we help seed companies to select pathogen resistant varieties. As resistance issues evolve according to climate and terroir, we have platforms in different production areas (under natural and/or artificial contamination).

Various crop/pest pairs are studied: Sunflower // broomrape, phomopsis, Corn // rhizoctonia, Cereals // fusarium, rusts, Rapeseed // phoma (G2), hernia, broomrape, insects (flea beetles, CBT)…

In plant protection, biopesticides are progressively accepted as integral partners to their chemical equivalents.

At Staphyt, our team specialized in the testing of biopesticides (Bioteam) conducts field trials and tests under both controlled and typical mixed programme conditions in order to understand their mode of action, their effects and to assert use claims within a fully optimised IPM programme (with and without conventional products).
Our Regulatory team has significant experience in the risk assessment and dossier preparation for all types of biopesticide (as well as synthetics) and can assist our clients in registering active substances and products.

Crop adaptation to climate change and diminishing resources:

Abiotic constraints are increasing (drought, nutrient deficiency (N), cold, etc.). Varietal selection is an important component of agriculture in the face of climate change as it makes it possible to identify the sources of plant tolerance to abiotic stresses.

At Staphyt, we set up different trials under abiotic stress conditions in order to observe the diversity of the varieties’ responses and thus identify those that best perform .

Examples of themes Staphyt works on:

  • Frost tolerance trials in rapeseed and winter cereals;
  • Water stress trials on corn (irrigated, non-irrigated) with voltage probes;
  •  Efficacy trials on nitrogen or phosphorus use on meadows and cereals.

From field to fork, Staphyt helps its clients put productive, safe and effective seed/traits and plant protection/nutrition products on the market, permitting growers to continue to provide nutritious and affordable food to the consumer’s plate, while preserving the environment and natural ecosystems. Alongside farmers and the entire agrifood industry, Staphyt is involved in tomorrow’s agriculture.