Bee vectorization technologies (BVT) Pt 1


Bee vectorization technologies (BVT) Pt 1

With today’s Fruit Grower report, I’m Bob Larson. A Canadian company is creating a buzz with its natural approach to protecting crops from the pests and diseases they carry.

Ian Collinson of Bee Vectoring Technologies says they use a very effective biopesticide to help your crops tackle any unwanted problems…

COLLINSON… “So the active ingredient is called Clonostachys Rosea (CR-7). He’s just a pioneer colonizer. It is found all over the world, but we have a unique strain specifically to inoculate plants to protect them from fungal pathogens infecting those crops.

And their method of distribution, according to Collinson, is sort of a ‘since you’re already heading that way’ approach …

COLLINSON… “We use bees, both honey bees and bumblebees actually. As they leave the hive, they will pick up traces of our product and as they pollinate, they will deposit spores of our product in this plant which will then live and be systemic inside this plant tissue.

But, is it more efficient than other distribution methods? …

COLLINSON… “I would say it’s even more protective, because with the spray you’re usually trying to achieve flowering, right. It is a main gateway for the disease, where the bees go directly to this bloom. So I mean really, depending on your disease profile, but a bee you have, you know, targeted delivery as we call it. So they get our product right where it needs to be with very little waste along the way.

Log on tomorrow to learn more about BVT and how bees are making important allies in protecting your crops.


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