SAFE YOUR FOOD

Natural Pollination for safety and fruit quality 

Bumblebees

In comparison with other pollinating insects like honeybees, bumblebees are very effective pollinators. They are first of all fast workers (for instance, they visit twice as many flowers per minute as honeybees), and because of their size, they can carry relatively heavy loads, which enables them to make long foraging trips. Also due to their relatively large size they often achieve better contact with stamens and pistils than smaller insects.

Furthermore, bumblebees make relatively few demands on the circumstances under which they work. They feel more at ease in greenhouses/tunnels than honeybees for instance, particularly where restricted areas are concerned. Bumblebees are still active at relatively low temperatures (around 10°C) and low light intensity levels. Even strong wind and drizzle will not keep them from doing their job.

In 1987 it became known that bumblebees could be an excellent alternative for the fruitset of tomatoes. This was a very labour-intensive job. At that very moment Koppert started producing bumblebees: Bombus terrestris for Europe and Asia, B. impatiens for North and South America. Meanwhile bumblebees are used world-wide for the pollination of tomato crops. Resulting in enormous savings in labour costs, improvements of fruit quality and sometimes even increased production.

Pest control

Safety, convenience and reliability are important characteristics of state-of-the-art crop protection. The sophisticated systems developed by KOPPERT & ZAGRIT CO. , assure a reliable biological approach. KOPPERT &  ZAGRIT CO. LTD. ,  offers a wide range of products that meets international quality standards; together with advice based on many years' practical experience. A blueprint approach prevents nasty surprises during the growing period, and forms the basis for minimal use of pesticides. In this way pests are not likely to develop resistance.

 

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