Leading south Wales bio-pesticide company showcases latest in natural food crop protection
Swansea University bio-pesticide spin-out business, Bionema, is linking up with 30 other ground breaking businesses to showcase its latest work on maximising yields from food crops using natural pest protection as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation.
The Swansea based innovator is taking part in the Life Sciences Hub Wales Innovation Showcase at The Chris McGuigan Hub, Cardiff, on Thursday 23 June, organised as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation’s showcase of the latest devices, technology, R&D and data innovations in Life Sciences.
The award winning business’s latest research has found that crop growers across the UK and beyond could be failing to maximise the potential of natural crop protection – leading to potentially higher costs to the consumer.
Testing at its facility at Swansea University, the company found disturbing results following tests on commercial beneficial nematodes and insects, which attack and kill harmful pests.
Their testing of three different commercially available products showed that somewhere far more effective than others, a typical batch variation – and that in one case more than a third of the nematodes in a 50 million pack were dead.
The award-winning company, which is building a reputation for science-based natural pest control, is the first independent business to win accreditation under the Official Recognition of Efficacy Testing facilities or Organisations (ORETO) scheme for efficacy testing in Biologicals and Semiochemicals.
It is a requirement of Regulation EC No 1107/2009 that the tests and analyses required to demonstrate the efficacy of plant protection products must be conducted by ‘Official’ or ‘Officially Recognised’ testing facilities or organisation.