Bee vectoring technologies (BVT) Pt 2

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Bee vectoring technologies (BVT) Pt 2

With today’s Fruit Grower report, I’m Bob Larson. Bee Vectoring Technologies takes advantage of the work that honey bees and bumblebees are already doing …

Ian Collinson of BVT says the active ingredient inoculates plants to protect them from fungal pathogens … using a high tech approach with low tech delivery …

COLLINSON… “That’s exactly it, isn’t it.” It’s kind of using nature to do what’s already planned and, you know, bees are already doing. Just ask them to take it out and protect themselves while they’re at it.

Collinson says it’s effective on many fronts …

COLLINSON… “This is really the disease profile of what R-clonostachys are, what our active ingredient is going to be effective against. So Mummy Berry is a big one, Botrytis another, Sclerotinia, which mainly affects sunflowers, which is another crop that we work with, and anthracnose.

And, Collinson says it works well across multiple cultures, with the potential for more …

COLLINSON… “Typically we’re in the berry market, but we also do almonds, sunflowers. We’re working on something for apples, but at the moment our current product can’t really help apple growers.

But, at the end of the day, is it “bee-safe”? …

COLLINSON… “Yes, of course. It’s definitely safe for bees. We’ve done a plethora of studies to be sure. We did our own studies. We’ve worked with beekeepers over the years to make sure that’s, you know, a crucial part of our business. We are not going to be successful if we kill bees. So, it is definitely safe for bees. I mean, it’s a really effective product.

Questions? Just email [email protected] or go to their websites www.beevt.com or www.vectoritebvt.com

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