Bee Vectoring Technologies Pt 2

Bee Vectoring Technologies Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. Bee Vectoring Technologies takes advantage of work that honey bees and bumble bees are already doing … by enlisting them to carry its bio-controls to your flowering crops.

BVT’s Ian Collinson says the active ingredient inoculates plants to protect them from fungal pathogens … using a high-tech approach with low-tech distribution …

COLLINSON … “That’s exactly it, right. It’s kind of just using nature to do what is already intended and, you know, the bees are already out there doing. Just have them bring it out and do some protection while they’re at it.”

Collinson says it’s effective on many fronts …

COLLINSON … “It’s really the disease profile of what are R-Clonostachys, what our active ingredient is going to be effective against. So, Mummy Berry is a big one, Botrytis another one, Sclerotinia, which mainly effects sunflowers, which is another crop we work with, and Anthracnose.”

And, Collinson says it works well on several crops, with the potential for more …

COLLINSON … “Typically, we’re in the berries market, but we also do almonds, sunflowers. We’re working on something for apples, but as of right now, our current

product can’t really help any apple growers.”

But, bottom line, is it “bee safe”? …

COLLINSON … “Yes, of course. It’s definitely safe for bees. We’ve done a plethora of studies to be sure of that. We’ve done our own studies. We’ve worked with beekeepers throughout the years to really make sure that that’s, you know, it’s a crucial part of our business. We’re not going to be successful if we’re killing bees. So, it’s definitely bee-safe. I mean, it’s a really effective product.”

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