Linde Gases has launched its very own Crop Science business, a re-energised product and service offering of its previous ‘fumigants’ business.

The Crop Science business is in recognition of Linde’s renewed commitment to tackling increasing challenges in the global food supply chain.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 14th) marks the opening of Linde’s new plant in the Czech Republic, which will manufacture the group’s latest environmentally friendly fumigant.

The new fumigant, to be marketed as EDN®, will be used to limit the impact of pests and disease on timber and in agriculture.1

Global research by the Department of Agriculture and Food in Australia has confirmed that a third of the world’s food supply is lost or wasted – enough to feed over two billion people. Over half of this food loss is attributable to destruction by crop pests. There are an estimated 70,000 species of crop pests responsible for over $1.4 trillion US dollars of economic losses each year, and as crop pests are predicted to outpace the growth of environmental pests and animal diseases over the next 20 years, this problem will only intensify.

Leading Linde’s Crop Science programme, Gas Applications Manager Chris Dolman said, “Unwanted and harmful organisms are an increasingly global and complex problem, ranging from microorganisms such as bacteria and moulds to arthropods such as insects and spiders, to specific types of plants.”

The issue of crop pests is further aggravated by population growth. Predications around food production indicate that food growth will need to increase by 70-100% over the next 30 years to meet demand.2

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Globalisation and the movement of people and goods also create new opportunities for pests: entry into new geographical regions, the finding of new vectors, hosts and environments, and the development of new genetic combinations.

With these challenges in mind, Linde’s newly formed Crop Science business will offer innovative fumigant products to protect both food produce itself and the producer’s investment, while allowing for genuine sustainable agriculture.  The products are highly effective substitutes for the universal – and now mainly banned component – methyl bromide (MeBr), which has for some time been the global standard for fumigation. Linde’s fumigant product range is considerably more environmentally friendly and comprises of naturally occurring active ingredients that degrade to earth-friendly metabolites.

The fumigant range also fully complies with UN Directives, such as the Montreal Protocol, and has no known global warming potential.

Linde’s innovative Crop Science product range includes VAPORMATE™ and EDN™. Linde also has a dedicated team to ensure farmers and producers select the most appropriate fumigant product to meet their needs and to comply with local regulatory requirements.


1. Based on ethanedinitrile, EDN® is an ozone friendly alternative to methyl bromide (MeBr), which was banned in many countries in 1992 by the Montreal protocol due to its ozone-depleting effects. EDN® surpasses the efficacy of MeBr, requires less dosage per crop, has a shorter fumigation period and has the additional benefit of leaving residues that degrade to become useful soil fertilisers.

2. Current and emerging threats to impact plant industry on global food security -