As a result of the EU BIOCOMES project, farmers, market gardeners and foresters can look forward to eleven new sustainable crop protection agents, all biological in origin and derived from natural enemies of pests.
The EU is stimulating the growth of biological crop protection through the BIOCOMES project, to which it contributes nearly nine million euros. The total project budget amounts to twelve million euros.
The development of eleven new biological crop protection products that will provide an environmentally friendly alternative to current major chemical pesticides used in European agriculture, horticulture and forestry.
The selected BIOCOMES products were identified beforehand by means of a market analysis carried out by six European producers of biological crop protection agents. The BIOCOMES project brings together the expertise of ten small and middle-sized companies, three larger industrial partners and fourteen research partners. These 27 consortium partners come from fourteen different countries.
The development of eleven new, sustainable crop protection agents to combat important diseases and pests in agriculture, horticulture and forestry.
The diseases are:
- Monilinia brown rot in stone fruit
- Mycorrhiza infections that develop when cultivating young trees for forestry
- Fusarium in maize and wheat
- Powdery mildew in grain crops
- Verticillium wilt in cabbage
And the pests:
- Aphids in fruit
- Whitefly in vegetables
- Cabbage moth (Mamestra brassicae)
- Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) in woods and orchards
- Large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) in woods
- Potato tuber moth (Phthorimaea opercullella) in potato, tomato, tobacco and aubergine
- Leafminer (Tuta absoluta) in greenhouse horticulture
Two new techniques that should enhance the production of biological crop protection agents will also be made available.