Aphid biocontrol gains momentum - Biobest invests

24/04/2018 - Biobest today announced the opening of a new 1.2 mio € state-of-the-art production facility at Biobest Maroc. With the brand new 2000 m2 hyper modern vertical farming facility fully equipped with climate controlled rooms, the company substantially expands and improves its global capacity to produce aphid biocontrol agents. Aphids remain one of the more challenging pests to control with biological methods. Biobest offers growers around the world a full range of natural enemies as well as the technical advice to succeed. Thanks to new biocontrol solutions, the market’s big appetite for residue free produce and increasing pesticide resistance problems, aphid biocontrol is booming. The gall-midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza, a voracious aphid predator, plays a crucial role in a successful aphid biocontrol strategy. With the investment announced today, Biobest is ready to meet demand and to ensure flexible and reliable supply to its customers.

"When aphids start to develop, the grower needs to act really fast to keep the pest under control", says Karel Bolckmans, Biobest’s COO. "Being a reliable partner for our growers is a central point of Biobest’s aspiration. Growers should be able to count on us for product when they need it. With this investment, doubling our production capacity for Aphidoletes, we believe we make an important contribution to keep the momentum going for aphid biocontrol in global horticulture. With multiple production sites across the globe, our aim is to be able to offer that flexible response capacity to growers in different parts of the world. Our Moroccan team has done an outstanding job with on-time and on-spec completion of this new production plant."

Karim Jerate, General Manager of Biobest Maroc adds: "We take pride in the inauguration of this state of the art facility. We are pleased that Biobest put its trust in our team to realize this high-tech investment. It further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of IPM solutions for the Moroccan market and underscores the important role of Biobest Maroc in Biobest’s global production network." 

"Successful aphid biocontrol is not a matter of one magic bullet product. We recommend strategies with different beneficials combined in an effective way", says Marc Mertens, Sales Director of Biobest. "The gall-midge Aphidoletes has an important role to play, in view of its high predatory capacity and hence ability to effectively clean-up emerging aphid outbreaks. That makes for a powerful tandem with different species of parasitoid wasps. We continue to work on expanding our range of solutions. Our advisors know how to help growers to best combine the most effective IPM solutions in different crops and different climates."

Biobest, headquartered in Belgium, is a leading player in pollination and biological control. The company reaches out to growers in over 60 countries. Through its subsidiaries, the company has production sites, sales and technical support staff strategically located across the globe for effective worldwide service. Biobest distributors in many countries are key partners with whom the company works very closely to help customers achieve their economic and ecological goals.

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