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Panel discussion of the conference

Panel discussion of the conference

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On Friday 9th of May of 2014, at the Science and Technology Park of the University of Girona, was held a "Technical Conference about Plant strengtheners and Biopesticides for sustainable agriculture", which consisted of two presentations and a panel discussion. The first presentation: "Strengtheners and Biopesticides: concepts, myths and realities" was imparted by PhD Emilio Montesinos, manager of the CIDSAV of the Universitat de Girona; the second one was "Beneficial Microorganisms" performed...

Conference about products for its use in sustainable agriculture

Programme of the Conference

Programme of the Conference

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On Friday May 9, 2014, in the Auditorium of the Casademont Building of the Science Park of Girona, will be held the conference “Biostimulants and Biopesticides for sustainable agriculture" to define and discuss about the state of the art of basic and applied investigation about these products in sustainable agriculture practices.  The event will be opened by Jordi Giné, Head of Plant Protection of the Department of Agriculture and Environment of the Catalan Government,...

An appointment to celebrate the Year of Biotechnology

Webpage http://www.bac2014.es

Webpage http://www.bac2014.es

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On July of the current year, 2014 will be declared as the Year of Biotechnology in Spain. To celebrate it, the Catalan Association of Biotechnologists (ASBTEC) and the Spanish Federation of Biotechnologists (FEBiotec) have organized the eighth edition of the biggest annual event of Spanish biotechnology, the Biotech Annual Congress (BAC), in Barcelona, between the 9th and 11th of July. BAC2014 will be inaugurated by PhD Maria Blasco, director of the National Cancer...

The friendly coexistence between a bioinsecticide and pollinator insects

Photography of a bee, from the Flickr channel of Gustavo Durán

Photography of a bee, from the Flickr channel of Gustavo Durán

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The active ingredient of biopesticide NOFLY, spores of the entomopathogenic fungus Isaria fumosorosea FE9901, is safe for pollinators, bees and bumblebees, as it has been demonstrated through compatibility tests published on the 10th Ecoletter of Futureco Bioscience. To be approved for its trade in the EU, it is essential that an insecticide is safe for insects like bees or bumblebees, key organisms to ecosystems and agricultural crops, since much of the food production is...

Biopesticide NOFLY is harmless to natural enemies of insect pests

Nymphs of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci

Nymphs of the whitefly Bemisia tabaci

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One of the biggest risks to assess when a biopesticide is applied on a crop is its toxicity to other insects different to the pest organisms to be treated, such as beneficial insects like bees or natural enemies of the crop's pest you are preventing or controlling, and that are normally present in the environment. Natural enemies can be predators or parasitoids, and are also often used in biological pest control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Recently it has been published that NOFLY, a...

Refine the strategy and expand the R+D team to launch faster more products to the market

Lola Piñol, Belén López García and Clara Oliver, the new researchers of the R&D team

Lola Piñol, Belén López García and Clara Oliver, the new researchers of the R&D team

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Futureco Bioscience SA reorganizes and extends the most valuable asset of the company: its R&D and Regulatory Affairs Department. The Department has changed its management model and has recruited three researchers, adding grey matter to a team that in 2012 grew from 4 to 8 employees and in the last year has grown from 8 to 13. The reorganization of the R&D and Regulatory Affairs Department is a new stage that has been preparing for years, and involves changing the old organization,...

Compatibility of NOFLY with other products for Integrated Pest Management programs

Image of the Ecoletter of NOFLY's compatibility with insecticides and fungicides that debuts a new design for this type of publications

Image of the Ecoletter of NOFLY's compatibility with insecticides and fungicides that debuts a new design for this type of publications

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Currently in Europe and Spain we are in the legal framework of Directive 2009/128/EC on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, which aims to reduce risks of using pesticides that may endanger human and animal health, and the environment. This policy promotes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the use of alternative or complementary techniques to those related to conventional chemical pesticides. This does not imply a complete replacement of the use of synthetic agrochemical pesticides, but...

Passion, challenges and perspective of applied research to develop agrobiological products.

Carolina Fernández, Director of the R&D Department of Futureco Bioscience

Carolina Fernández, Director of the R&D Department of Futureco Bioscience

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One of the greatest assets of Futureco Bioscience is its R&D Department, where new biopesticide, biofertilizer and bioactivator products are generated, besides being the engine that demonstrates that the company's products work, have an excellent quality and meet all legal and safety standards to register and market. The Department, which now counts with the 35% of the company’s staff, started with some agreements and contracts with units of Research of the University of Barcelona....
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