27 March 2023

The scientific edge: Futureco Bioscience leads the progress in biological control.


At Futureco Bioscience, we are committed to revolutionizing the field of sustainable agriculture through cutting-edge scientific research and development. With years of experience in science applied to the agricultural sector, our team is constantly testing new techniques, biostimulant products and products for biological control to enhance crop yields, while minimizing environmental impact. 

We perform annually over 1,500 in vitro bioassays and 200 ex vivo bioassays, around 300 in vivo bioassays (in plants) in climatic chamber or greenhouse conditions, selecting, evaluating and validating the most effective and innovative active ingredients and formulations. Our team of expert scientists brings extensive knowledge and experience to the table, ensuring that our products are efficient, safe and meet the highest industry standards. The research team is at the forefront of advancing scientific knowledge and developing the latest and most advanced products to help farmers achieve better yields and reduce their environmental impact. This capacity, made up of infrastructure, inversion and human capital, makes Futureco Bioscience one of the most active companies worldwide in the development of innovative biostimulants and biopesticides.

Recently we published two relevant articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, AIMS Microbiology and the Journal of Fungi. Both publications are related to the research and development of two active ingredients for future biological control products.

In this blog post, we will showcase the innovative solutions we are developing, and we recently published, to help farmers achieve their agricultural goals sustainably.

Characterization of Lysobacter enzymogenes B25, a potential biological control agent of plant-parasitic nematodes, and its mode of action – Aims Microbiology

A recent paper published by Futureco Bioscience researchers has highlighted a new sustainable solution for nematode control. The study showcases the efficacy of Lysobacter enzymogenes B25 in controlling plant-parasitic nematodes and establishes its mode of action. Nematodes impact on global agricultural productivity is significant, with various estimates suggesting losses of up to 12%. Additionally, nematode damage is often confused with other infections or stresses, which may result in yield losses being underestimated. While there are many tools available for preventing and reducing the damage caused by nematodes, there are few options of biological control for nematodes with curative effects.

Lysobacter enzymogenes B25 has demonstrated high efficacy in controlling RKN infections in tomato plants in growth chamber and greenhouse conditions, as well as in field trials against Root Knot Nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) and Potato Cyst Nematodes (G. pallida and G. rostochiensis). The study reveals that L. enzymogenes B25 deploys a set of extracellular lytic enzymes capable of digesting the main chemical constituents of both nematode cuticle and eggshell, killing them upon contact. Proven induction of plant resistance in the host may also contribute to its good nematicidal efficacy. The study points to L. enzymogenes B25 as a promising biological control agent with nematicidal activity, and at Futureco Bioscience, we are leveraging this research to develop new products for crop protection. Our commitment to scientific research and innovation ensures that we continue to bring the best sustainable solutions to the field, creating value through knowledge.

Persistence of Metarhizium brunneum (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) in the Soil Is Affected by Formulation Type as Shown by Strain-Specific DNA Markers – Journal of Fungi

The olive fruitfly (Bactrocera oleae) is a pest that causes significant economic losses to olive growers by laying eggs on the fruit, leading to fruit drop, and thus reducing yields and lowering oil quality. Traditional control methods are based on the use of chemical insecticides, but the effectiveness of these treatments is decreasing due to the appearance of resistance. Moreover, the indiscriminate use of these products has serious environmental consequences. In order to find alternative, effective, and low environmental impact solutions, our researchers have studied possible biological insecticides: a recent article highlights the importance of the formulation of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum EAMb 09/01-Su for its persistence in soil.

In this study, we obtained the genome sequence of the fungus, and we designed molecular markers to monitor its concentration in the environment by real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). Moreover, different experimental formulations of the fungus were applied to the soil of commercial olive orchards to track the levels of M. brunneum by qPCR.

Results have shown that the strain applied as bioinsecticide is able to establish in the soil when inoculated, at concentrations comparable to those shown in soils where this species is native, and also to other related fungi. The population dynamics of the strain varied as a function of the formulation used, highlighting the importance of selecting the right formulation to maximize the efficacy of the biological control against the pest. Finally, the persistence of M. brunneum strain EAMb 09/01-Su in soil samples can be traced using strain-specific qPCR assays.

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The scientific edge: Futureco Bioscience leads the progress in biological control.

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