On Tuesday 2 July, 2019, Agrauxine inaugurated a new head office with 1,400 sq. m. of space, dedicated to R&D on the “vegetal campus” at Beaucouzé, France. With innovation at the core of its development strategy, Agrauxine is doubling the surface area of its laboratories to give itself the means to achieve its goals.
Research and innovation at the core of its development strategy
Agrauxine has entirely redesigned its head office and its space dedicated to R&D, located until now a few hundred metres away. They have doubled the surface area of the new laboratory, and it now offers 600 sq. m of space. Built by Alter Eco1, the building is specially designed to meet the needs and constraints of Agrauxine. The investment, financed by Alter Eco, stands at 2.4 million euros.
The laboratory is now organised into 4 areas of expertise:
- Molecular and biochemical biology
- Plant physiologies (from the grain to the whole plant)
To complete this organisation, researchers have 4 growing rooms to carry out their tests on the plants.
The R&D teams at Agrauxine include specialists in agronomics, microbiology, phyto-pathology, plant physiology and molecular biology.
The work conducted is used to develop finished products, with characterised performance. It also serves to support marketing and thus create the conditions for the commercial success of Agrauxine products.
In parallel, upstream efforts serve to prepare for sales launches for the coming decade.
To complete the laboratory work, 400 GEP tests are carried out each year, to get to know how products behave in various pedoclimatic contexts.
This high R&D capacity, paired with the industrial expertise of Lesaffre, make Agrauxine a reliable partner for marketers and distributors.
“We are recognised by our partner customers and expert channels for the reliability of our approach, with several bio-control products praised by French farmers” explains Hugo Bony, general manager of Agrauxine.
“Lesaffre is focusing on the search for innovative solutions based on fermentation, intended for food which is healthier and more sustainable for the planet. Lesaffre is investing in particular in human, animal and plant health nutrition. Agrauxine is the business unit that is leading this strategy in plant health nutrition,” explains Antoine Baule, CEO of Lesaffre.
Agrauxine R&D is driving a new range dedicated to bio-nutrition
In addition to its bio-control and bio-stimulant products, Agrauxine is now turning to bio-nutrition. A new range will complete the product offering in 2020 and boost Agrauxine’s legitimacy as an essential supplier of bio-solutions.
These solutions will allow farmers to:
- stimulate biological activity in their soil
- increase the availability of nutrients (for example to solubilise the phosphorus immobilised in the soil and facilitate absorption)
- condition the rhizosphere (for example on fragile or damaged soil)
“With these solutions, we are able to provide technical expertise to support changes in agricultural practices and collaborate with the various sectors to deal with the new environmental challenges,” explains Hugo Bony.
Agrauxine, a player in the plant sector ecosystem
Agrauxine has adopted an entrepreneurial, innovative and transparent approach and is a natural contributor to the debate and to the plant ecosystem of the Loire valley region.
A member of the Végépolys cluster, Agrauxine collaborates with companies, research and training centres in the plant sector through innovative projects, to boost its competitive edge and its local appeal. Végépolys is supporting the company in creating collaborative projects and establishing ties with potential partners.
“The Nabucco project is an illustration of a collaborative project, and has commissioned two teams from the Loire valley area with complementary skills, as well as a team from the University of Nantes. Its aim is to look for new bio-control agents among micro-organisms of marine origin, to fight pathogens that affect different plant sectors: arable crops, arboriculture and vegetable crops,” adds Hugo Bony.
An established player in its region, Agrauxine works regularly with students from the three schools in Angers dedicated to agricultural training: lESA, ISTOM and Agro-Campus Ouest.
It shares its expertise in bio-control to train future engineers on these products in a new way, using natural mechanisms.
A few figures
On the products:
- 45 marketing authorisations obtained in early June 2019
- Launches of 3 new products in France in 2019: Smartfoil, Julietta and the product coded 5001 (marketing authorisation expected this autumn)
- 27 new products/product references/the coming year
- Turnover: +40% per year until 2022 thanks to the approval of a large number of products, the geographic deployment of ranges and the launch of the new bio-nutrition range
- 52 employees, 30 of them located at the head office in Beaucouzé, and 7 overseas to support the strategic markets
Know more: www.agrauxine.com