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A perpetual thorn in farmers’ sides, pests and diseases require much time, energy and money to control. At large-scale industrial operations and small family farms alike, the battle to protect crops from deleterious invaders is never ending. Add to this increasingly-resistant pest and disease variants, growing public scrutiny of farming practices and rising crop yield targets, and it’s plain the war must be well thought out and fought.
BVT has a simple way for farmers to protect their crops from fungal infections. Put a tray of organic fungicide outside a beehive. The bees walk through it as they leave and spread it on the crop for you. It beats spraying crops with chemicals, says the company. But for CEO Ashish Malik, the challenge is persuading farmers to accept the new idea.
Bee Vectoring Technology is using bumblebees to apply natural fungicide to crops threatened by botrytis fungus. The company is using organic bee hives which are part of a research study being conducted by the startup biotechnology company based in Mississauga, Ont.
Scientists are testing new technology that enables bees to protect crops from mold while they go about their usual pollinating.
Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) is working on microbial products, starting with a fungus called Clonostachys rosea, with an added twist—BVT’s delivery system is biological. The fungus is carried by bumblebees to the flowers of blooming crops.
CEO Ashish Malik, formerly with Bayer CropScience, is passionate about protecting bees, and also finding ways to protect valuable crops like strawberries, from pests without the use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Plus, the bees do themselves a favour.
The world’s population is exploding and is expected to reach 10 billion people in 2050. Global farmers can’t keep up with demand, raising fears that the world could face a food shortage, and more people are relying on controversial GMOs to feed themselves as a result.
Biological pesticides, from bacterial toxins to fungi delivered by bees, are a hot trend in agriculture. But harnessing nature is no easy task.
Bee Vectoring Technologies, a Canadian biotech startup, has announced that it plans to move its main operations to the Sacramento area and hire Davis resident Ashish Malik as its president and CEO.
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