Government of India’s patent office has granted BioPrime AgriSolutions a patent number for the invention of a ‘novel bio-formulation’ to manage abiotic stress in plants and to improve the yield. A unique approach to make crops climate-resilient by using extremely small carbon particles called nano-dots and molecules that are a part of internal communication systems of plants, BioPrime AgriSolutions said.
According to the company, “this invention would further demonstrate the use of Carbon Quantum Dots (CQDs) as a way to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis by enhancing the absorption of light by the pigment chlorophyll, which is responsible for capturing light energy in plants. Signalling molecules enhance a plant’s ability to quench reactive oxygen species that wreak havoc when cells are under stress. Signalling molecules like sphingolipids and traumatin also helped halt cell death and boost the recovery of affected cells. This helps plants not only in fighting stress but also aiding recovery from it. Together the formulation of signalling molecules helps plants mitigate abiotic stress and become climate-resilient. This is an example of how cutting-edge technology can truly transform agriculture in India and globally.”
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Highlighting the development, Dr. Renuka Diwan, CEO, BioPrime AgriSolutions said, “This technology gives us the means to control photosynthesis in a way that was not possible before. Controlling fate of stressed cells gives us the opportunity to reduce crop losses due to climate change. Our vision is to offer relief to farmers worldwide, struggling with crop loss, temperature fluctuations, drought, resilient insects and diseases by developing innovative technologies that will improve productivity irrespective of farmland size and enhance the quality and nutritional value of food produced, while not only preserving but enhancing the environment.”