New Laboratory Appointments
Press Release - 1 June 2014
Azotic Technologies makes Two Laboratory Appointments
Azotic Technologies, the developer and producer of natural Nitrogen-fixation for increased agronomic benefit, today announces that it has appointed two crop scientists, Erika Roach and Pedro Carvalho, to boost its research and development capability headquartered at BioCity, Nottingham.
These appointments come two years after the Company was incorporated to commercialise the technology discovered by Professor Edward Cocking, Fellow of the Royal Society and Director at the Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation at the University of Nottingham. The Company’s key technology is N-Fix®, the first and only technology for the fixing of nitrogen directly from the atmosphere for all crops. N-Fix® can satisfy up to 50% of a plant’s need for nitrogen, subsequently reducing the cost of nitrogen-based fertilisers for farmers by [<50%].
Both Erika Roach and Pedro Carvalho will be working as part of the Company’s Research and Development team. managing, processing and analysing the data resulting from field trials, as well as providing background scientific support to the Company on its road to technology commercialisation.
Erika Roach joins Azotic from Simplot, a privately held food and agribusiness company, where she worked with contract researchers, scientists in academia and commercial growers to make line selection decisions and develop of new methods around the regulation of crop plants improved through biotechnology. Erica has a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University, and a Master of Science, Agronomy, from The Pennsylvania State University.
Pedro Carvalho was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, focusing on crop performance, root signalling and the effect that climate change has on Mediterranean Agricultural Systems. As part of his fellowship Pedro also taught, trained and co-supervised PhD and MSc students. Pedro has a BSc and MSc in Biology and Plant Physiology from Universidade de Evora, and a PhD in crop science from University of Nottingham.
Commenting on the appointments, Dr David Dent, Chief Technical Officer at Azotic Technologies, said: “We are delighted to have appointed both Erika and Pedro to the Azotic Technologies research team. They are both highly skilled and capable scientists with extensive knowledge and experience in crop science. Their appointments come at a very exciting time for the Company as we continue to make strategic investments into the development and commercialisation of the N-Fix® technology. With positive results of our latest set of field trials due to be announced Q4 2014, we look forward to a bright and exciting future ahead.”
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