New biochemical pest control trials in Welsh forests
Ground-breaking new biochemical control agents which could help cut the cost of pest control in UK forests are being trialled out on the uplands of Wales in one of the most comprehensive scientific studies to date.
Swansea University spin-out business, Bionema, is developing new products which are already proving to increase kill rates of damaging insects in the laboratory.
And now the West Wales based innovator, working with Natural Resources Wales, is carrying out full scale trials in mid Wales to assess just how effective they are in ‘real life’ – by comparing their cocktail of natural ‘ingredients’ with 14 other similar products and their combinations.
The award winning business’s latest research has already shown that mixtures of fungi, nematodes and other control agents, can increase efficiency of using natural products by up to 40 per cent – and cut costs by 15-20 per cent.