The Alltech Feeding Times Issue 36 - Winter 2021 Winter 2021 - Page 26

HOW TO CONTROL AMMONIA LEVELS IN POULTRY HOUSES

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blog is a summary of an article published in Canadian Poultry .
One of the biggest complaints surrounding the poultry barn — apart from flies — is the smell of the manure . The ammonia concentration in poultry houses not only contributes to the smell but can be harmful for both the birds in the barn and the workers who frequent the barn . Understanding how ammonia gas is formed , the impact it can have on the bird and how to control ammonia levels can be helpful for proper poultry management .
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So, we’re really excited about this technology and what it can provide for our customers for the future. Earlier in the conversation, we touched on the Planet of Plenty initiative at Alltech. And to wrap things up, I’d like to ask each of you to tell us how the Planet of Plenty initiative figures into what you do into your work. How about you, Steve? S: Perfect. I would say, from the initiative, as I mentioned, that Mark has really set forward for us to use as our focus, from a crop science standpoint, I would say what this partnership has really touched on is, as we mentioned, the sustainability aspect of the relationship and what each company is trying to deliver from a solution standpoint — but more importantly, (in relation to our) partnership. The ability for us to work collectively together — and the idea was to benefit from each other’s strengths and to combat some of, maybe, the weaknesses that we might have been looking to come up with solutions for (as) an individual (company) that (we) now have the opportunity to be a bit of a stronger force in the space (by working together). I think that would be where I would say this really ties into that overall message that Dr. Pearse Lyons has set forth for us all from an Alltech standpoint. line that is the technology delivered to provide a genetic benefit or a specific yield or quality gain. So, all those four pillars, all of our technologies, will be offered through our HELM partnership or through HELM to our distribution channel that we currently work with. But as I mentioned, we’re really excited about what we have in R&D and in the pipeline coming with regards to the biofungicide and the bionematicide — two key technologies that we’ll be launching through HELM, hopefully, by the end of next year. Well, I’m glad you brought that up, Steve, because I was going to ask each of you — and I know that you can only go so far with what you can reveal (about) what’s going on in your labs — but (I am) just curious: What’s percolating there that might be of interest to our listeners that you’re excited about? S: So, I can go first. I would say our — we have a technology, and the code name right now is ACS811. It is a biofungicide product that we are registering as a biofungicide, and it is used to combat fungal and bacterial pathogens. And the mode of action, how it works, is fostered around us triggering defense mechanisms in the plant to provide a systemic reaction to defend, or from a defense standpoint. So, we’re really excited about what we’ve been able to create there from that. And also, contained within that product is a contact reaction. So, if the disease is present, we also see a contact, where they kill stimulation that, 26 basically, would help to combat the disease if it’s already there and present. So, it’s almost — not to use an example of where we kind of are right now within society, but it’s almost like a vaccine, where you’re putting this on a plant, and it’s triggering a defense mechanism to help to defend itself against an impending attack. So, we’re really excited about that technology. And then, the other one is a bionematicide that we currently are in the process of registration in both Brazil and, currently, here domestically, in the U.S., that we will be launching through HELM. And that is (targeting) nematode problems, a very serious problem that usually requires very serious and toxic chemistries in order to combat. And we will be providing a safe, biological-derived technology to combat those challenges for our customers as well. So, they will be the two key ones that we have under (development) in the safe right now, Tom, but we are really, really excited and focused on getting (these solutions) deployed out through HELM as soon as possible. Well, Dave, I want to give you that question as well, but before we get there, I just want to say that that sounds pretty revolutionary to this layman’s ear. It sounds as though what you’re doing is fortifying the plant’s ability to defend itself versus applying some external chemical or toxin to do the same thing. Is that a correct assessment? D: Yeah, I think you’re absolutely right. With the biological approach, it’s really working with the plant to enhance THE FEEDING TIMES its defense mechanism. The product that Steve was referencing, ACS811, we’re really excited about that product and the opportunities that these products will have in the marketplace. We can see a lot of applications to that in either row crop or specialty crops as well. One of the challenges with disease pressure is it’s ever- changing, and Mother Nature always wins. So, Mother Nature will build resistance to some of the products being used. And this gives us a great opportunity to address them, those challenges that growers have, with a different mode of action that can make a healthier plant. So, we’re excited about, you know, being able to bring new solutions to growers and retailers to help out in that space. So, it is an exciting, exciting venture. And a lot of what we’ve seen with other biologicals are they don’t work as consistently as what we’re seeing with the Alltech Crop Science portfolio. And I think that attributes to, you know, the rigor around science and product development but also the manufacturing capability (at Alltech Crop Science). It’s not easy to manage that fermentation and produce through fermentation, and Alltech Crop Science and Alltech are experts in that space. So, that’s going to help us, I think, break through dark water, if you will — (and by that I mean) some of the biologicals that are out there — and really bring that consistency and science-based approach, along with the proof points of, like, nutrigenomics that we can show (producers that) it actually is enhancing that plant’s defense mechanism. WINTER ISSUE – DECEMBER 2021 Okay. And Dave, your perspective on that? D: Yeah. I think, as we look at this partnership, it’s going to provide us with the opportunity to provide more solutions to growers. Currently this will be a new venture into the soil health piece, and that’s been an area that’s very much growing. And we’re excited to be a part of it, because we’re seeing a lot of development in that area. And being able to grow a sustainable crop really starts with your soil and the nutrition in your soil, as well as the right bugs that are converting organic material into food for the plants. And the Alltech Crop Science portfolio has some great opportunities to do that. And also, with the Reviton product, that’s going to continue to support minimum or even increasing to till acres, which will be good in that as people think about growing a more sustainable crop. The other thing I wanted to add is, overall, HELM is moving in this way and other parts of the business as well. On our industrial business, we just announced a joint venture with Cargill Green to build a plant in Iowa that will make input products for plastic to make sustainable plastics out of corn — so versus out of a petroleum-based or an oil-based input. So, we’re really excited about that as well and our commitment to agriculture and how we can help to be good stewards of the land with our customers. 27