The most comprehensive field trials on some of the leading bioinsecticide products and biocontrol agents on the market have revealed major differences in performance against large pine weevil in Sitka spruce.
In of the most comprehensive scientific studies to date, carried out by Welsh development company Bionema in the field, results have identified which company’s products can save foresters money – and those which won’t.
And the spin-out company from Swansea University will be announcing its findings on its stand at the flagship ABIM (Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting) in Basel, Switzerland, – 24-26 October 2016.
Bionema, is developing new biopesticide products which are already proving to increase kill rates of some of the world’s most damaging insects under test condition. And it has just completed full-scale forest trials to control pine weevil in Sitka spruce to assess just how effective they are in ‘real life’ – by comparing their cocktail of natural ‘ingredients’ with 14 other similar products or their combination.
The award-winning business’s latest research has already shown that mixtures of fungi, nematodes and other control agents, can increase the efficiency of using natural products by up to 40 percent – and cut costs by 15 -20 percent.
The use of natural biocontrol agents to control pests on strawberries and other soft fruit crops instead of chemical pesticides reduces the risk of harmful chemical residues finding their way onto the plate or bowl.
Testing at its facility at Swansea University, the company has also found disturbing results following tests on commercial beneficial nematodes and insects, which attack and kill harmful pests.
Their testing of the different commercially available products showed that somewhere far more effective than others – and that in one case more than a third of the nematodes in a 50 million pack were dead.