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Biopesticides in the UK get a boost

Published 11/01/2022

Theme: BioProtection Portal

We are excited to announce the launch of the CABI BioProtection Portal in the UK. This groundbreaking online bioprotection resource is now available to help growers and pest management advisors. It assists those in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to identify, source, and correctly apply biocontrol and biopesticide products for their specific crop and pest problems.

Visitors to the portal can now access information about biopesticides in the UK. This free resource contains a range of environmentally friendly control options. It addresses pests and diseases of major UK crops, including whitefly on hops and tomato, fusarium on wheat, codling moth on apple, and red spider mite on strawberry.

Dr. Gina M. Swart, Head of Global Product Biology Disease Control at Syngenta, highlighted the beauty of the CABI BioProtection Portal. It is a free, web-based tool that allows users to find information about registered biocontrol and biopesticide products worldwide. The portal aids growers, advisors, and customers in informed decision-making based on current, reliable information.

“It also helps us as a company provide reliable information on our evolving biologicals portfolio. This will support our market ambitions focused on grower needs and ensure responsible and sustainable use of our products.” 

Delivering information on biopesticides in the UK and beyond

The CABI Bioprotection Portal aims to be the go-to resource for identifying and sourcing biocontrol and biopesticide products. It was created to offer information about biopesticides and help fight crop pests and diseases more sustainably. 

Users of the CABI BioProtection Portal enter their country, crop, and pest query in the system. They generate key information on authorized biocontrol and biopesticide products specific to their search, approved by national regulators. Information is sourced directly from national governments’ list of registered pesticides and from partner biocontrol manufacturers. 

The CABI BioProtection Portal is a truly international resource which aims to help farmers reduce their reliance on chemical pesticides. The portal has now launched in Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Spain, and Uganda, in addition to the UK.

Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director, Global Operations at CABI, said, “Globally, pests and diseases cause an estimated 40 percent crop loss. The CABI BioProtection Portal serves as a ‘one-stop shop’ for growers, allowing them to combat unwanted insect pests and diseases. It provides access to more sustainable and safer biocontrol and biopesticide products as part of their integrated pest management strategy.

“It is increasingly clear that certain kinds of chemical pesticides in agriculture are creating serious human health and environmental effects. The portal will be particularly beneficial for growers looking to replace chemical pesticides with biological products to meet market or export standards, satisfy consumer demands for healthier and safer food and reduce pressures on the environment.” 

Interested in biological control and biopesticides? For more information, visit the CABI BioProtection Portal

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