World leaders in pollination control
World leaders in pollination control

Research

Why our bags are best

By acting as the interface between plant science and nonwoven technology, we aim to deliver to our customers economic gains and superior genetic results by committing to continually improve our products through investing heavily in R&D.

Our innovative new ideas are evidence based and thoroughly tested. An increasing body of published research, conducted over six continents, demonstrates the efficacy of our products, in pollen control and cost effectiveness through higher seed count, lower contamination and reduced risk. We have carried out collaborative research projects with renowned institutions including Embrapa, NCSU, NIAB, Oklahoma State University and Australian National University and we regularly publish Research updates to highlight some of the key findings.

Our Research Team is led by our Technical Manager, Dr Daljit S. Virk (OBE). His career has spanned more than 45 years as a geneticist and plant breeder, University Professor, Senior Research Fellow and International Projects Coordinator. He has worked extensively in South Asia, various African countries, and in the UK at Bangor University on Internationally Funded projects on crops such as millet, maize, sorghum, rice, wheat and pulses. He earned his PhD and Doctor of Science degrees from Birmingham University, UK.

Latest Research Paper: Materials in PBS’s Mini-Tent Design Control Unwanted Pollen Whilst Maintaining Ambient Environment for Plant Growth!

We’re delighted to announce the publication of yet another research paper; Evaluating the pollen proofing of nonwoven synthetic fabric pollination control tents for sugar beet by Paul Townson, Daljit Singh Virk and Hannah Senior. 

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Latest Research Paper: PBS Pollination Control Tents (PCTs) yield >30% higher seeds than open control!

We’re delighted to announce the publication of the latest research paper Assessing the effectiveness of nonwoven fabric pollination tents for improved grass breeding by Michael Trammell, Dusty G. Pittman, Daljit Singh Virk and Hannah Senior. 

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Cannabis, Hemp & Pollination Control: Unique Challenges in a New Sector

As a result of increased legality, a multi-billion industry has been born almost overnight in medical and recreational cannabis, and alongside this a restriction (both perceptual and actual) has been lifted from the industrial hemp sector

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New research shows how nonwovens improve plant breeding across the board

Newly published research in PLOS-One, carried out by NIAB, Aberystwyth University and PBS International, lifts the lid on the specialist nature of nonwovens for plant breeding.

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Comparison of Pollination Bags

for Mass Production of Controlled Cross Seeds in Loblolly Pine.

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Are nonwoven synthetic pollination bags a better choice for sorghum breeding?

This study reports the results of a follow up study from that of Schaffert et al.

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Evaluating the Efficacy of Synthetic Fibre Pollination Control Bags in Sorghum During the Rainy Season

The major objective of this study was to test novel nonwoven synthetic fabrics as replacement for paper bags.

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Comparing pollination control bag types for sorghum seed harvest

PBS pollination bags have been used in a study comparing pollination control bag types for Sorghum seed harvest.

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PBS Research Update 3

Welcome to the third PBS International Research Update. In this edition we look particularly into the use of our pollination bags and tents in bioenergy crops, and follow-up on research highlighted last time.

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