Apr 3, 2018
Phytelligence partners with Seven Star Fruits for India venture

Seattle biotech company Phytelligence on April 3 announced a partnership with Mahyco Grow to provide Indian farmers with the most advanced technology available in horticulture.

The plants produced by Seven Star Fruits, a company of Mahyco Grow, using the Phytelligence MultiPHY process will support higher density planting systems, which results in higher yields per acre and more sustainable production. The partnership will also enable the delivery of new varieties of apples, cherries, peaches, plums, berries, grapes, nuts, oranges and other tropical fruits to Mahyco Grow’s existing customers and the region’s farmers.

Utilizing Mahyco Grow’s extensive network and agricultural expertise along with Phytelligence’s world-leading MultiPHY technology, the partnership aims to help growers plant modern rootstocks and varieties, improve farm incomes and increase fruit quality. The first trees of the partnership will be available for sale in 2018 and delivered in the spring of 2019.

“Collaborating with a group as innovative as Mahyco Grow presents a strong step forward for Phytelligence internationally,” said Phytelligence CEO, Ken Hunt. “It’s a major win not only for the company, but also for growers in the region who can look forward to improved plant material and a much higher profit in the coming years. Our mission is to serve growers across the globe and this partnership takes us one step closer to fulfilling that promise.”

“Combining the expertise of both companies will have a significant impact on farmers’ lives by improving yields and providing disease resistant plants,” remarked Aashish Barwale, Director, Seven Star Fruits Private Limited. “As a leading group in the agriculture field, we’ve experienced first-hand how innovations in agronomy make a very real difference to the people within our own communities. We look forward to making an impact in the fruit industry in India together.”

Mahyco Grow, formerly known as Barwale Group, was founded in 1964 by Dr. Badrinarayan Barwale, a World Food Prize winner, with a vision to resolve farming challenges by expanding the availability of the latest scientific solutions in seeds. The group has pioneered seed innovations in India with the introduction of several hybrids and Bt Cotton – the first in the country’s history. The Group’s research infrastructure in India has recently expanded its presence to South East Asia and Africa. Seven Star Fruits Pvt Ltd, a part of Mahyco Grow, is dedicated to improving the global fresh fruit industry through agricultural innovation.  

Phytelligence was founded in 2012 by Dr. Amit Dhingra, Associate Professor of Horticulture Genomics and Biotechnology Research at Washington State University. Phytelligence is headquartered in Seattle with facilities in Burien and Pullman, Wash. and Portland, Ore. Currently, Phytelligence has over 100 employees and continues to grow.

Above: A Phytelligence greenhouse. Below, a laboratory. Photos: Phytelligence.

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