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CABI launches online portal for biological pest control options


May 4, 2021
By Fruit and Vegetable

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CABI  has launched its online BioProtection Portal in Canada, available in English and French. The portal is intended to help growers and pest management advisors identify, source and correctly apply biocontrol and biopesticide products for their specific crop-pest problems.

CABI believes the portal will be particularly beneficial for growers looking to replace chemical pesticides with biological products to meet market or export standards, satisfy consumer demands for healthier and safer food and reduce pressures on the environment.

“Globally, an estimated 40 percent of crops are lost to pests and diseases,” said Ulrich Kuhlmann, CABI’s executive director of global operations, in a press release. “The CABI BioProtection Portal offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for growers to fight unwanted insect pests and diseases with more sustainable and safer biocontrol and biopesticide products – as part of their integrated pest management strategy – to reduce the impact on their yields and potential damage to Canada’s rich and varied landscapes.”

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Users of the CABI BioProtection Portal enter their country and crop-pest query in the system to generate key information on biocontrol and biopesticide products that are authorized by national regulators for that specific search. Information is sourced directly from national governments’ lists of registered pesticides and from partner biocontrol manufacturers.

In addition to Canada, the CABI BioProtection Portal is also available in Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Bangladesh, Brazil, Uganda, Chile, Colombia, France, Jordan, Spain and Peru.

Find out more information about the CABI BioProtection Portal at https://bioprotectionportal.com/.

The innovative tool has been made available by CABI in collaboration with its network of partner biocontrol manufacturers (Applied Bio-nomics, TerraLink, Biobest, e-nema, Idai Nature, Koppert Biological Systems, Oro Agri and Syngenta), donors (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, African Development Bank, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development), associates (BioProtection Global, International Organisation of Biological Control, Biological Agri Solutions of India) who provide invaluable support in the form of technical inputs, strategic guidance and funding, and sponsors Nespresso.