A major expansion of Certis Europe’s territory as a result of its merger with sister company, Spiess-Urania GmbH, has opened up new opportunities for developing biorationals markets across Eastern Europe. This follows the creation of its joint venture KNE Certis in 2016 with K & N Efthymiadis in Greece, providing coverage of South Eastern Europe.
Certis currently leads the offer of biorational products for ornamentals, fruit and vegetables in Europe. Biorationals are defined as “registered plant protection products generally derived from the natural environment, offering improved benefits for plants, people and the planet, which are increasingly important factors for Integrated Crop Production to satisfy requirements of the value chain and consumers.” Growers like to use biorationals as they have a very positive residue and resistance profile and are regularly used in organic production or in Integrated Crop Management programmes. The Certis range of biorationals includes many for greenhouse production and several that are registered and used effectively in outdoor cropping situations in a number of countries. Examples include slug pellets based on ferric-phosphate, a salt (potassium bicarbonate) to control powdery mildew, as well as Bacillus thuringiensis and pheromone products for pest control solutions in fruit and vegetables and Trichodermas as a microbial solution against soil diseases.
In an exciting development for the company, the Certis Innovation Center was established at the World Horti Center in the Netherlands. With state of the art facilities, research is focusing on the practical application of products ready for the grower to use and combinations of biorationals and conventional products to provide the best fit for Integrated Pest Management systems. .
In addition a Certis Research Excellence Centre has been set up in Spain offering the best facilities to continue with the development of full IPM programmes that include biorationals, conventional specialities and an innovative range of special nutrition products.
A further initiative sees Certis working with key influencers in development trials in West Africa evaluating the biorational product Eradicoat for the control of Mealy Bug in tropical crops like cocoa. Based on maltodextrin, which is a naturally occurring compound used in foodstuffs, Eradicoat meets the requirements for sustainable food production in terms of its safety to the environment, to non-target beneficial species and to operators. A film sponsored by the Royal Society of Biology features Eradicoat and the contribution it can make to sustainable food production as part of IPM practice. The Eradicoat section of the film is hosted on the news section of the Certis Europe website at https://www.certiseurope.com/news-media/news/