Yield Shield

Enhancing nature's power

Using natural volatile compounds Yield Shield, creates an invisible ecoshield around your crops protecting them from pests and fungi.

Use Case

The applications range from large scale farmers in the agricultural sector to commercial use by the general public to protect their home grown produce. Yield Shield solution can be utilized in two different ways. For large scale agricultural use the solution can be mixed with water which is then distributed by irrigation systems when the crops are watered. Alternatively we are developing a vapour diffusor canister which can be planted alongside crops. The vapour diffusor’s will be filled with Yield Shield solution and the natural volatile metabolites will be gradually released over time. Both these methods will ensure the crops are coated regularly maintaining a constant gaseous ecoshield around the crops deterring pests and protecting them from fungal infections.

Potential

Yield Shield is built on cutting edge scientific research to protect crops in the most effective and sustainable way. By including several naturally occurring volatile compounds in the solution it will be able to deter a wide range of pests and fungi which target wheat. These compound can be artificially synthesised but there is the potential to extract them from certain damaged fruits and other waste produce, subsequently incorporating a waste management feature into our concept. Yield Shield solution can be used around the world as its composition can be constantly enhanced and adjusted to suit a wide range of climates, geographical locations and also other crops which are vital for global food security. Therefore there is the potential to develop a wide array of Yield Shield solutions.

Business Case

Yield Shield is built on cutting edge scientific research to protect crops in the most effective and sustainable way. By including several naturally occurring volatile compounds in the solution it will be able to deter a wide range of pests and fungi which target wheat. These compound can be artificially synthesised but there is the potential to extract them from certain damaged fruits and other waste produce, subsequently incorporating a waste management feature into our concept. Yield Shield solution can be used around the world as its composition can be constantly enhanced and adjusted to suit a wide range of climates, geographical locations and also other crops which are vital for global food security. Therefore there is the potential to develop a wide array of Yield Shield solutions.

Objectives:

  1. To select a mixture of natural organic volatile metabolites to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides and fungicides
  2. To make our product readily available for cheap production and wide distribution so it can be used globally.
  3. To developing a range of different products with each one specialised for protecting a vital crop.

Team Yield Shield

York, United Kingdom

Our Team

  • Josie Victoria Brownlee U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Ananya Iyer U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Matt Higgins U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Nick Watson U Of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Sarah Pickering U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Fun day filming :D / Published November 29, 2015 by Ananya Iyer

Fun day filming :D

Fact of the Day / Published November 26, 2015 by Ananya Iyer

Fact of the Day

Wheat Fun Fact #3: More foods are made with wheat than any other cereal grain.

TFF York Facebook Page / Published November 25, 2015 by Josie Victoria Brownlee

TFF York Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/tffyork/?notif_t=page_fan

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Fact of the Day / Published November 25, 2015 by Ananya Iyer

Fact of the Day

Wheat Fun Fact #2: Never refrigerate any bread product. Bread products go stale up to six times faster in the refrigerator. Leave these products at room temperature or freeze them.

Researching Session / Published November 25, 2015 by Matt Higgins

Researching Session

Our Mission

Our mission is to sustainably increase crop yields in key staple cereals around the world. To do this we are going to protect wheat from wheat rust; a disease which threatens over 90% of wheat crop in Africa. A key component of the global food chain, wheat based products help formulate a balanced diet. Similarly, wheat and it’s by products are used throughout livestock production to produce meats for the world economy. Many LEDC’s are dependent on their agricultural sector as major contributor to GDP and jobs. By addressing the problem of vulnerable wheat yields we propose to increase food supplies available for the population and boost the income of local farmers. By improving the strength of wheat yields, we can help local farmers tackle issues such as overgrazing to benefit the fertility of the land. Incremental improvements in localised economies drives development of communities and infrastructure thus developing a holistic solution to world hunger in developing countries.

Our Background

We are team of students from the University of York who come from several different disciplines and backgrounds. However we all have the common goal of trying to solve tomorrow's problems today. One such problem is providing provide better food security for future generations and the global population. Through the coupling of cutting edge scientific research and pioneering business planning we aim to develop a revolutionary product which will sustainably boost crop yield and increase food availability.

Fun day filming :D / Published November 29, 2015 by Ananya Iyer

Fun day filming :D

Fact of the Day / Published November 26, 2015 by Ananya Iyer

Fact of the Day

Wheat Fun Fact #3: More foods are made with wheat than any other cereal grain.

TFF York Facebook Page / Published November 25, 2015 by Josie Victoria Brownlee

TFF York Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/tffyork/?notif_t=page_fan

Like our facebook page!

Fact of the Day / Published November 25, 2015 by Ananya Iyer

Fact of the Day

Wheat Fun Fact #2: Never refrigerate any bread product. Bread products go stale up to six times faster in the refrigerator. Leave these products at room temperature or freeze them.

Researching Session / Published November 25, 2015 by Matt Higgins

Researching Session

Our Team

  • Josie Victoria Brownlee U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Ananya Iyer U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Matt Higgins U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Nick Watson U Of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Sarah Pickering U of York, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Our Mission

Our mission is to sustainably increase crop yields in key staple cereals around the world. To do this we are going to protect wheat from wheat rust; a ...Read More

Our Background

We are team of students from the University of York who come from several different disciplines and backgrounds. However we all have the common goal of trying to ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.