[Light, electronic music fades in.] [Light, electronic music fades in.] Narrator: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Chris Kirby… …is looking for a new way to protect crops from fungus, insects, disease and bacteria. He thinks some of the answers will be found in these flowers and plants. The project includes Lupins, nesturtiums, cleome… …sudan grass and buckwheat. Plants that scientists know naturally produce chemicals to protect themselves. Kirby and his team are putting these flowers, roots, stems and leaves… …through a process called phytochemical profiling… …to identify the key compounds. The goal is to discover the natural defences in these plants… …extract the active chemicals, and see how they can protect crops. Kirby is starting to see some good things. Dr. Chris Kirby: Through the last year we’ve been able to do some preliminary tests… …on different fungal pathogens… …and we’ve got some good preliminary hits on crude extracts. Narrator: So these flowers could be added to a crop rotation to act as a fumigant. Others may provide extracts that can be sprayed on a crop to keep insect numbers down. Dr. Chris Kirby: From an environmental point of view, we want to have safe stuff on our fields, always. So if we can find something safe as an alternative to some of the chemical pesticides… …it can be beneficial both to the organic farmer… …and to the non-organic farmer. [Light, electronic music fades out.]