A high-performance, natural solution for canola crop improvement

BVT’s comprehensive, stackable system uses commercially-reared bees to deliver highly targeted pest and disease control without harmful chemicals.

Increase your crop yield

Experience a higher crop yield in canola per acre

Reduce fungicide usage

Reduce (or even eliminate) the number of fungicide sprays applied

Grow healthier plants

Plants achieve a higher vigor rating than fungicide treated crops

Improve crop quality

Disease control and proper pollination can improve germination rate

Learn how the BVT system can prevent outbreaks in your canola crops

Common diseases affecting canola

Canola are susceptible to a number of common diseases that can wreak havoc on plant health, crop yield and ultimately shelf life from farm to plate. The BVT system has been specifically engineered to target these fungal diseases, dramatically improving crops all season long.

What is it?

Sclerotinia or white mold is a fungal disease which develops as a watery rot of the stems and leaves. Affected stems frequently collapse and the plants wilt, becoming straw colored as they die and dry out.

How does it enter the plant?

The flowers are the primary entry points of Sclerotinia into canola plants. The fungus infects the stems and leaves from infected flower parts that cascade down onto the foliage.

Where does it come from?

The Sclerotinia pathogen can survive for years as hard black fungal structures (sclerotia) in the soil. Small mushroom-like bodies about 5-15 mm in diameter sprout from the sclerotia during rainy periods in spring and summer. Thousands of microscopic spores are fired into the air from the mini mushrooms and those that impact onto the canola flowers initiate disease in the crop. New sclerotia formed inside diseased stems at the end of the crop season generally end up in the soil.

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What is it?

Botrytis or grey mold is a fungal disease which affects the flowers, stems and leaves of canola especially when crop conditions are persistently humid and temperatures moderate or cool. Brownish watery lesions form and often become covered in a grey colored mold on which the Botrytis pathogen produces huge numbers of spores. Badly affected stems and leaves may break over.

How does it enter the plant?

Airborne Botrytis spores infect and grow on the flowers. Botrytis-laden flower parts whither and fall onto the leaves and stems, thereby spreading the disease into the foliage. Botrytis spores may also directly infect the foliage via fresh wounds produced by hail, insects and other causes.

Where does it come from?

The Botrytis fungus is frequently abundant and wide spread on crop plants, weeds, and wild vegetation especially in warm- and cool-temperate climates. Spores dispersed by wind and splashing water from these sources can initiate the grey mold outbreaks in canola and rapeseed crops. Cycles of spore production within the crop contribute to increased disease severity.

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The natural way to improve yields

BVT’s easy-to-use tray system introduces natural organic compounds to canola plants using commercially-reared bees.

As the bees pollinate a crop, they leave behind the foundation for a season-long pest and disease management program that encourages even and progressive growth, resulting in a healthy, high yield harvest.

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Bee Vectoring Technology in a commerical bee hive

A commercially-reared bee walking through the BVT system, picking up beneficial material as it exits the hive.

The BVT dispenser system contains the inoculant crop control as a part of the Vectorpak™ tray with Vectorite™ powder. The mixture allows the bees to effectively pick up the product on their way out of the hive.

Help nature with pollen delivery

Increase canola yield by simply eliminating the need for rows of male plants in your field. The BVT system can also be used as a pollen distribution system or used in combination for both pollination and disease and pest management.

Reduce chemical materials used

The BVT system delivers natural materials to proactively prevent fungal diseases in canola plants during the bloom period. This mitigates the need for fungicide spraying cycles that are carried out at intervals over a calendar period, prohibiting consistent crop progression since each spray cycle stunts plant growth.
growth of canola - comparison of BVT with conventional fungicide spraying

Decrease disease year after year

BVT is a preventative measure for fungal disease in canola crops. It’s critical to get beneficial organisms to the plant before the disease has a chance to appear, and this means addressing each and every flower through the use of bees. This allows the crop to protect itself from fungal diseases such as Sclertotinia, which appears during the growing period. Reducing the level of Sclerotinia and vectors for it to attack also helps growers reduce the amount of disease year after year.

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