February 1, 2023
Fontus has received European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding for a project with the BioRenewables Development Centre in York.
The project will explore the regulatory and market factors associated with the range of novel herbicides that Fontus are currently developing.
Working with scientists from Newcastle University, Fontus Environmental have contributed towards publishing a paper on Controlling the Heterodimerisation of the Phytosulfokine Receptor 1 (PSKR1) via Island Loop Modulation. The paper Published in IJMS open new ways to modulate the PSK signalling cascade via small molecules, which can result in new crop control and agricultural applications
Fontus Environmental are undertaking an ecological research project with Cumbria University as part of their annual field trip to Picos de Europa.
Situated in north-west Spain (predominantly Cantabria), Picos de Europa are a range of predominantly Carboniferous Limestone and Sandstone mountains, with the highest peaks reaching 2600m. In combination with the long history of traditional agricultural management, a wide range of diverse habitats and species is present. The herb-rich hay meadows have long been recognised as having a high nature conservation value but, as elsewhere in European mountains, such grasslands are threatened by changing agricultural practices
This research project will carry on from previous research investigating the changing composition of the local hay meadows which have a particular botanical significance to provide a better understanding of how agricultural practices and land management has changed over the past 20 years.