Why Botanical?

Discovering the Secret Life of Plants

Nothing is more potentially robust in the face of disease than a well-functioning, internal immune system. Through evolution, plants develop efficient molecules which cannot be synthesized by conventional chemistry. That’s why identifying a plant that is naturally defiant to pests and fungi poses interesting potential for protecting the growth of other crops.

Plants produce numerous chemicals for defense and communication and can prompt their own form of chemical control against pests and pathogens. The exploitation of these chemicals for the protection of crops from pests and pathogens is probably as old as organized agriculture itself.  The use of plant materials, crude plant extracts and isolated phytochemicals – the biologically active compounds found in plants – have traditionally been employed by farmers throughout the millennia and around the globe.

Botanical-Based Research The Next Wave of Biologicals

Today’s botanical-based biopesticides are derived from naturally occurring properties in plants and algae and applied in a form of either extracts or isolated molecules. With each new research and development project, the STK R&D team endeavors to verify:

 

  • Can we successfully identify a specific chemical agent on a molecular level and recognize its mode of action?
  • Can these natural chemicals be isolated, harvested and transformed into a commercial grade application?
  • And if so – will a formulation sprayed externally on a “foreign” plant produce the same type of disease resistance and behave the same way as it does within the internal immune system of the plant from which it is sourced?

Botanical-Based Research The Next Wave of Biologicals

Today’s botanical-based biopesticides are derived from naturally occurring properties in plants and algae and applied in a form of either extracts or isolated molecules. With each new research and development project, the STK R&D team endeavors to verify:

 

  • Can we successfully identify a specific chemical agent on a molecular level and recognize its mode of action?
  • Can these natural chemicals be isolated, harvested and transformed into a commercial grade application?
  • And if so – will a formulation sprayed externally on a “foreign” plant produce the same type of disease resistance and behave the same way as it does within the internal immune system of the plant from which it is sourced?

STK-R&D

Guided by Nature, Perfected through Science

 

STK’s current R&D efforts focus on the discovery of single new molecules with IP potential. Molecules that present both extrinsic and intrinsic potential are more likely to advance through the process and be developed into a commercial-grade formulation. STK utilizes a mechanized efficacy screening system in conjunction with state-of-the-art genomic tools (through various biotech collaborations, including the Weizmann Institute) to screen for extrinsic and intrinsic properties in parallel.

 

The metabolic information we gather is used to understand the interaction between the molecule and the plant; for understanding its mechanism; for Tox Data generation; and for optimizing food production.

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Proprietary Portfolio

STK’s successful, ongoing foray into botanical research, coupled with the application of cutting-edge bio-ag technology, has led to the creation of a portfolio of next generation, proprietary botanical-based solutions. Spearheaded by the multi award-winning Timorex Gold® – the flagship of our fleet which has proven to be an effective solution in the prevention and cure of a broad spectrum of diseases in multiple crops – STK continues to expand its range for additional target pathogens and crops that enable farmers to achieve higher yields with improved quality while significantly reducing environmental impact.

Proprietary Portfolio

STK’s successful, ongoing foray into botanical research, coupled with the application of cutting-edge bio-ag technology, has led to the creation of a portfolio of next generation, proprietary botanical-based solutions. Spearheaded by the multi award-winning Timorex Gold® – the flagship of our fleet which has proven to be an effective solution in the prevention and cure of a broad spectrum of diseases in multiple crops – STK continues to expand its range for additional target pathogens and crops that enable farmers to achieve higher yields with improved quality while significantly reducing environmental impact.

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STK Hosts Banana Grower Delegation from Brazil

March 2018 STK bio-ag technologies, a leading company in the development and marketing of botanical-based solutions, hosted today a technical visit  of brazilian banana growers to learn more about the positive effects of  botanicals on banana and its added benefits for crop protection. The visit began at STK HQs, followed by a 5 day technical tour throughout Israel to learn from various farms, banana specialists and listen to professional lectures in the industry. The VIP delegation of 15 visitors composed by producers, consultants and managers of associations covering all regions of Banana production in Brazil, visited as part of study tour the premises of STK HQs in Israel. The growers and consultants who will take part in this trip, represent more than 15,000 hectares of banana and the associations and cooperatives represent more than 80,000 hectares. The vist included and extensive tour of the the STK lab, during which the delegation was exposed to the company’s scientific and technological approach to researching and developing botanical-based solutions, as well as the exacting quality control practices employed in producing consistently effective commercial-grade formulations. Considerable discussion focused on Timorex Gold®, STK’s flagship solution which is currently sold and used on various crops throughout Brazil. The environmentally-friendly, botanical-based food protection fungicide increases productivity and efficiency in crops, while reducing chemical load residues on the produce. The delegation was informed about the benefits of Timorex Gold® for banana growers, including short PHI, zero residue, and the enlarging and promotion of the leaf surface. Timorex Gold®is certified worldwide by leading organic associations, including IBD Brazil, ECOCERT, BCS and others