Edition 25, 2013
How Agriculture Learns from Nature

Symbiosis in Crop Protection

  • Complete concentration on the roots: nematologist Dr. Varghese Thomas from Bayer CropScience in Davis, California, USA checks the roots of plants for nematode damage.
  • Natural artwork: fungi present in the product Contans™ are grown here on a plate as part of the quality control process.
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Complete concentration on the roots: nematologist Dr. Varghese Thomas from Bayer CropScience in Davis, California, USA checks the roots of plants for nematode damage.

To safeguard the food supply for our growing global population, farming must become more sustainable in the future – and optimized along the way as well. Even today, over 40 percent of crops and food stores worldwide are still lost to fungal disease, insect infestation and weeds. Biologicals could therefore become the new favorites of farmers worldwide – as a fundamental part of crop protection: biological crop protection agents, including fungi and bacteria, control pests and diseases very specifically, opening up new strategies in resistance management. Researchers at Bayer CropScience are working on new products to promote sustainable farming in the future. The right combination of optimized seed and biological and chemical crop protection promotes sustainable farming.

Read on here for more information on how biological crop protection products are used, even on harvest day, and how they effectively protect fruit and vegetables against disease and pest infestation: