New uses of microbiological control agents against different pests and diseases

Francisco Javier Calvo, Director of the Department of R + D of Koppert Spain, will give one of the presentations within the technical program of the International Forum Microbioma, which will focus on the effectiveness of biological control as an alternative method in the fight against pests and diseases

The presentation is framed in the situation that has been created by the limitations in the use of chemical control agents for the control of pests and diseases that are imposed by the different national and community governments, together with the additional limitations adopted by the distribution chains to the use of certain active materials, due to the growing concern of consumers.

This is coupled with the resistance to many of them for inappropriate use, which have caused farmers to see limited tools with which they have traditionally been counting in this fight.

The presentation of Francisco Javier Calvo will affect the effectiveness of biological control as an alternative method, based on the release of parasitoids and predators, as well as the application of entomopathogenic organisms, methods that, in addition to being effective, are environmentally sustainable allowing the production of fruits and vegetables free of chemical residues.

Calvo will give a review of the cases in which this strategy has been used successfully, obtaining optimal results against pests and target diseases, when with other systems they had not obtained them, and the possibilities offered by microorganisms to be used for control of pathogens and pests, expanding the range of harmful organisms that can be controlled biologically.

Koppert, a company of experts and advisers in the service of sustainable solutions for crops

Koppert Biological Systems is a company that produces sustainable solutions for food and ornamental crops. It works together with farmers and in collaboration with nature so that agriculture and horticulture are healthier, safer, more productive and resilient, using natural enemies to fight against pests, and offering an integrated system of expert knowledge and natural solutions. and sustainable for food and ornamental crops.

In recent years, Koppert’s extensive knowledge of microorganisms, biostimulants and pheromones has generated a host of innovative solutions that have improved both the resilience of plants and diseases that have barely a chance now.

Its evolution for more than 50 years, has led it to occupy the position of market leader in the biological protection of cultivation and natural pollination, and the result of research and development has often been a precursor of biological solutions that have been adopted then in the whole world.

In fact, Koppert solutions are currently used successfully in more than 100 countries.