Dutch biocontrols firm in research partnership with Spanish university

Cultivated Bacillus subtilis - image:Wikipedia Commons/Debivort
Cultivated Bacillus subtilis - image:Wikipedia Commons/Debivort
Koppert Biological Systems and the University of Málaga in Spain have announced a five-year joint research programme into bacteria beneficial to crops.

"This will bring residue-free cultivation a step closer," according to director of the Dutch company Paul Koppert.

The work will focus on fungal and other diseases for which there is currently viable biologial control. Koppert will fund the research in exhange for rights to any resulting strains.

Coopertation between the two goes back to 2010, when the university supplied Koppert with a number of Bacillus strains to test. One of those strains has since gone into Koppert's crop biostimulant Linafer-P.

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