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An excuse to teach R+D to highschool students

Students of the high school Alt Penedès at Futureco Bioscience's yard

Students of the high school Alt Penedès at Futureco Bioscience's yard

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On Wednesday, November 20th, on the occasion of the XVIII edition of the Science Week, a group students from the Highschool Alt Penedès, Vilafranca del Penedès visited our facilities. We performed a guided visit with a welcome, presentation of what we do, a video projection and then split into two groups. While one group answered some questions the other was lead through the glass corridors where they could see the fully active R&D labs of Futureco Bioscience, while...

Encounters around a product

Meeting between Certis Europe and Futureco Bioscience for the launching of Certamin Premium

Meeting between Certis Europe and Futureco Bioscience for the launching of Certamin Premium

Certamin Premium

Certamin Premium

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When a product is released it has already gone through several stages that are part of the development process. For starters, it is not born suddenly; it has a whole process behind from the idea to its commercial prototype, a process that remains usually as a secret. In this process, research and tests both in the laboratory and in the field, experiments of compatibility with other products on the market and stability or half-life storage are ran. After this process the product is registered...

Good times for Integrated Pest Management

Cartel del PAN del MAGRAMA

Cartel del PAN del MAGRAMA

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Almost a year has passed since MAGRAMA, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Spanish Government, approved in the Sectorial Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development its National Action Plan for the sustainable use of plant protection products, PAN, taking in account the Article 4 of Directive 2009/128/EC. With that plan the administrations manifested their determination to introduce sustainability criteria in the use of plant protection products between 2013 and...

The origins of this business, in first person

Rafael Juncosa, CEO and founder of Futureco Bioscience

Rafael Juncosa, CEO and founder of Futureco Bioscience

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20 years ago, the catalan biologist Rafael Juncosa decided to develop, manufacture and sell environmental friendly products when these initiatives were more considered as main causes of environmental NGOs than business opportunities. That bet turned into what today is Futureco Bioscience SL, one of the most recognized companies in the research, development, production and commercialization of bio-pesticides and bio-stimulants globally. We interview Juncosa, founder and CEO of the company, as...

Products for its use in organic farming

BCS Öko Garantie stamp and international accreditation validity. Source: http://www.bcs-oeko.com/en_index.html

BCS Öko Garantie stamp and international accreditation validity. Source: http://www.bcs-oeko.com/en_index.html

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To certify a product as suitable for its use in organic farming is not easy nor is it limited to a declaration of intent on the natural, organic or sustainable matter and fact, it requires verification by accreditation organizations, which the country can stand alone or be managed by the government. These accreditations require a number of conditions on the production, storage, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of products to be certified as Bio, organic or green. Although they vary...

Mom, I want to devote myself to science

Poster of the Science Week 2013 in Catalonia

Poster of the Science Week 2013 in Catalonia

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Futureco Bioscience decided recently to formalize a new workspace that is integrated into the activities of Corporate Social Responsibility and Communication: the Responsible Projects Area, with four lines of action: Society, Cooperation and Development, Environment and Education. To date, on the Education line we have performed two activities: Tackle Biotech, a summer school stage of a month for four teenagers to engage its first contact with applied research in a biotech company...

The long road of biological pesticides

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Image of the program "El Medi Ambient"

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On October 23rd the Catalan public television TV3 aired the program "El llarg camí dels plaguicides biològics" (in English, "The long road of biological pesticides") as a capsule reportage of "El Medi Ambient" a space dedicated to raising awareness and communicating the challenges and trends related to the environment. The program includes the research and development activity of Futureco Bioscience to isolate, characterize, develop, register and market biopesticides based...

The question that a fungicide asks to a bioinsecticide based on an entomopathogenic fungus

Marta Almazán presenting the compatibility and safety for pollinators of NOFLY

Marta Almazán presenting the compatibility and safety for pollinators of NOFLY

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To apply a biopesticide based on an entomopathogenic fungus for control of insect pests you have to take in account some factors, especially if it's part of a program of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which involves many different methods and combinations of products that a priori could incompatible, as the biopesticide based on a fungus with fungicide, or as the insect is not that for which said biopesticide applies. If we apply both products together what would ask the fungicide to the...
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