FLiPPER the biological insecticide containing long chain fatty acids C7-C20 derived from olive oil and marketed worldwide (except France) by Bayer Crop Science has secured a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its creator AlphaBio Control.
The award, which is in the innovation category, is recognition of the potential contribution that non-synthetic compounds such as FLiPPER can make to protecting crops from pest attack while being less harmful to beneficial insects than some conventional plant protection products.
“AlphaBio Control is to be congratulated on this award and Bayer is proud to be able to offer its global resources in helping to develop this product for the benefit of growers and the environment around the world,” said Claire Matthewman, Bayer campaign manager for horticulture.
FLiPPER is a selective insecticide used in organic and conventional crops to control sucking pests that damage crops through feeding or the transmission of virus. Being able to protect crops from such pests is essential to ensuring a reliable supply of fruit and vegetables but achieving this without affecting beneficial insects that exist in fields and orchards is a priority area of research for crop protection companies.
“FLiPPER represents a new generation of insecticide that delivers good control of insect pests whilst being selective to beneficial species. Making the most of its potential, however, involves positioning it for best effect in a programme and ensuring it is appropriately applied. Bayer has devoted considerable resources over the past two years to garnering the understanding needed to enable growers to make the most of its potential and we will continue to do so,” added Ms Matthewman.
To meet the needs of farmers and to contribute to global food supplies, Bayer has been investing for more than a decade in the development of high-quality biologicals with proven efficacy and scientifically demonstrated modes of action.
Iain Fleming, CEO of AlphaBio Control, believes the award is an endorsement of the business’s vision and product strategy.
“We believe there is a better, more sustainable way to feed ourselves and are determined to play a leading role in this vital change of direction. This award is also a recognition of that approach,” said Mr Fleming.
These innovative products are used as part of integrated disease- and pest-management systems to help ensure healthy harvests. A wide range of tailored agronomic solutions ensures farmers can help maintain biodiversity by employing a diversity of solutions in their fields. This also helps farmers to ensure environmental sustainability and to meet market demands in an economically sustainable manner.