Category: News
Date published: April 05, 2023

Koppert's beneficial nematodes: new look and ready for the future

For over 50 years, we have been supporting growers with natural alternatives to conventional pesticides. And not just natural but alive solutions such as beneficial nematodes ('roundworms'), which have been around longer than agriculture itself. Dedicated to making our products accessible to as many growers as possible, we have put endless efforts into research and development. The result is an innovative nematode spray solution, which acts as an effective alternative to its chemical counterparts today and addresses the push toward sustainable agriculture in the future.

We believe in finding solutions in nature and applying innovation to make those solutions available to growers everywhere. Nematodes have been on our radar since 1986 as an effective, clean, and safe solution for growers. Since then, we have conducted countless studies and trials to understand and apply nematode behavior to crop protection.

We have done so in collaboration with growers, through whom we contribute to making safe, high-quality, and affordable foods available. In the process, we developed a high-performance product and an excellent alternative for growers who want to produce food more sustainably and have to cope with the fact that chemicals fail or are simply not available anymore.

Sophisticated and safe

As partners with nature, we leverage the natural behaviors of nematodes to support and protect crops. Nematodes are alive; they move and hunt their prey instinctively. They can be used above and below ground to protect against pests. And unlike chemical pesticides, which trigger an immune response in pests enabling them to adapt, nematodes remain highly effective over time. Free of concerns about the diminishing performance of conventional pesticides and even pesticide resistance, growers rely on nematodes as a permanent solution for crop protection.

That solution is also safe for growers and consumers alike. Nematodes do not leave any harmful residue on crops, making them safe for the growers who handle them and those who consume them. As a result, nematodes contribute to the better health of people and the planet.

Improved formula

The answers to agricultural challenges lie in nature itself. Applying those solutions at scale requires innovation. Growers use our improved nematode solution to protect against a broad spectrum of pests on top fruits, soft fruits, stone fruits, arable vegetables, and outdoor vegetables such as leafy greens, onions, carrots, and beans. And the carefully developed formula and packaging simplify the transition from chemical to biocontrol solutions.

Our nematode solutions are sustainably packaged and water-soluble. The nematodes are kept dormant until ready for use, extending their shelf life to several months. Once mixed with and activated by water, nematodes can be applied by using standard spraying systems and new application techniques, like drones. Drones can deliver nematodes to isolated areas, where they will actively eliminate pests as an alternative to or alongside chemical pesticides.

Enormous potential

The potential of beneficial nematodes to support the transition to sustainable agriculture is enormous. And because of our dedication to research, the opportunities for replacing conventional pesticides with natural, living alternatives will only continue to grow. Our focus on continuous improvement has already led to today's biodegradable, easy-to-use, and affordable spray solution. With our beneficial nematodes, growers spray a solution full of life! Free of residue and ready for a 100% sustainable future in agriculture.