Bionema Secures Portugal DistributorSara Arthur
Bionema has appointed Aquamatic Algarve as a distributor of their Nematrident® Range for the Turf and Amenity sector in Portugal
Bionema Ltd, UK BioTech company announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Aquamatic Algarve for its NemaTrident® range products. The agreement permits Aquamatic to sell Bionema’s biological NemaTrident® range of products in the turf and amenity sector in Portugal.
NemaTrident® is a Tri-Component solution, designed for the control of rage of insect pests of horticulture, turf amenity and forestry. Crane flies (leatherjacket), Chafer grubs (Chafer beetles) and Mole crickets are a major pest in golf courses, sports grounds and lawns. The larval stage of these pests eats the roots of grasses causing economic damage to lawns and turf, leaving visible signs of yellowish patches. These pests cause millions in damage each year in lost income and repairs.
Bionema’s NemaTrident® Tri-Component solution incorporates a range of highly virulent insect-parasitic nematodes within the Heterorhabditis and Steinernema genera. These nematodes attack and destroy the larvae of the insect pests thus preventing future pests from developing. The NemaTrident system also incorporates Bionema’s patent-pending delivery technology, NemaSpreader®, which allows nematodes to disperse effectively in the soil and target pests. They are safe, non-toxic to users and consumers, decompose rapidly, and can be targeted at specific pests to avoid harming beneficial insects. End-users are also supported by Europe’s only certified biocontrol training program. The tri-component solution provides 70-100% control against pests for end users.
Aquamatic Algarve is the leading distributor of fertilizers, seed, irrigation, and specialities to the amenity sector in Portugal. The company is always looking for innovations for the improvement, maintenance and construction of sports, amenity, and turf sectors. Bionema believes that Aquamatic has the best product knowledge and insight into the turf and amenity market, making it well-positioned to include this new range of biological products in Portugal.
Dr Minshad Ansari, CEO of Bionema, said: “In a market with significant potential, there is a clear opportunity for Aquamatic to continue helping greenkeepers, grounds managers and landscapers in the control of Chafer grubs and Leatherjackets larvae when chemicals such as Chlorpyrifos are now banned across Europe”.
Amelia Silva, Executive Director of Aquamatic said “our role is to provide the best potential solutions for our customers throughout Portugal, with the removal of many chemical pesticides we believe that biological solutions are the way forward. Bionema has demonstrated in the UK, to a wide range of high-profile clients, that they have very good technology but also most importantly the training and advice needed by end-users.”