At Fruit Logistica, the company will introduce new biological solutions as an effective alternative to banned agricultural chemicals
An invisible army of nematodes and beneficial fungi has started a silent green revolution that is changing the methods for managing vegetable health for crops all over Spain. Koppert is bringing the microorganisms to farming as an effective alternative to chemicals and pesticides, which are becoming increasingly scarce due to prohibitions by the administrations. In this context, the company is applying a comprehensive approach that goes way beyond just the plant. TRIANUM® is a good example of its new generation of completely natural products. It works as a protective shield against pathogens and it prevents root fungal diseases such Fusarium, Sclerotinia, Rhizoctonia, Phytium and pathogen nematodes.
This biological fungicide contains an exclusive strain of the beneficial fungus Trichoderma harzianum, which can be used both in conventional and ecological farming. The fungus itself develops a highly beneficial double action for all kinds of crops, as it protects the roots from attacks by pathogens and it recovers the natural biodiversity of the soils.
Koppert started marketing TRIANUM® three years ago in greenhouses in Almería, Granada and Murcia. After the excellent results obtained, it is now expanding to open air crops all over Spain. Lettuces, onions, olives, leeks, carrots, potatoes, grapevines and berries, amongst others, have already been introduced into TRIANUM’s® ‘green revolution’.
Koppert offers solutions for the main pests. Thrips can be effectively controlled with Orius laevigatus (THRIPOR-L®) and Steinernema feltiae (ENTONEM®). Thrips’ larvae in the soil are effectively controlled with Macrocheles robustulus (MACRO-MITE®). For aphids, it has a mixture of different parasitic wasps, APHISCOUT®, and against whitefly, it has two highly effective solutions: Nesidiocoris tenuis (NESIBUG®) and Amblyseius swirskii (SWIRSKI ULTI-MITE®). It also has specific solutions for grapevines, citrus fruits, onions, etc.