24 May 2023 | Simon Frost

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In today's Daily Digest, UK Space Agency funding for R&D facilities, an innovative crop spraying solution, and more.


The UK Space Agency is launching a £50 million fund to support the development of cutting-edge research and development facilities, the government announced today. The Space Clusters and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) – the first dedicated fund for UK space infrastructure – will award match funding to UK organisations to develop the R&D infrastructure needed to make space products mission-ready and sell them into commercial markets.

The Royal Society of Chemistry last night led calls for greater support for the transformative deep tech SME ecosystem at a special parliamentary event. Four speakers from across the scientific community came together to highlight the benefits of building a more supportive ecosystem for chemical businesses in the UK.


An innovative crop spraying solution developed by BASF and Bosch is set to be integrated within CNH Industrial’s agricultural brand product portfolios. The technology provides customers with green-on-green (plant on plant) and green-on-brown (plant on soil) weed detection and selective spraying.


TotalEnergies has acquired a 20% stake in Ductor, a Finland-based start-up that has developed an innovative technology to process high-nitrogen organic waste, such as poultry manure, which is usually difficult to use for biomethane production.

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Croda International Plc and the Universities of Nottingham and York have announced a collaborative partnership to develop novel, sustainable polymers for liquid formulations.

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