AgriSolve AU self-assessed that the formulation development of the new combinatorial emulsifiable concentrate and the following field experiments met the requirements to be a core R&D activity because:
- There was limited current knowledge on the specific combination of fertilising and water retention chemicals and the surfactant/solvent system(s) required to produce and maintain a stable emulsified concentrate.
- Knowledge regarding how the potential water retention chemicals would interact with the other constituents in the formulation was unavailable as they had never before been used in an emulsifiable concentrate formulation type.
- It could only determine the outcome through a systematic progression of work that is based on the principles of established science, in this case the fields of chemical engineering and agronomy.
- It planned to generate new knowledge about:
- The chemical technologies required to stably emulsify the active ingredients and synergistic excipients.
- The most optimal rates and timings of application via the mode of fertigation to overcome the nutrient deficiencies whilst retaining water in the crop at imperative stages of growth to maximise the yield at the time of harvest.
- The safety and efficacy of the new agrichemical.
Additional activities carried out during the project such as full-scale production of the chosen formulation following successful field experiments did not meet the definitions of core or supporting R&D activities.