Koppert is to perform research into beneficial bacteria over the coming five years in cooperation with the University of Málaga in Spain. This research will result in a better under-standing of the effects of biostimulants and biofungicides. 'The beneficial bacteria that Koppert and the University of Málaga are to develop will bring residue-free cultivation a step close," according to Paul Koppert, member of the Board of Directors.

No biological alternative is available as yet to combat certain fungal infections and other diseases. This means that chemicals still need to be used. Residue-free cultivation is therefore not yet possible. Koppert and the University of Málaga have made agreements regarding research into so-called Bacillus strains. These bacteria strains may have great potential as biostimulants.

The foundations for the agreement were laid in 2010, when the university supplied Koppert with a number of Bacillus strains in order to test their value in practice. One of those strains is currently already in use in the product Linafer-P, a biostimulant ensuring a more vigorous and healthy crop. The existing cooperation is therefore being continued. In exchange for the research funding that Koppert is making available, Koppert is permitted to make use of the strains produced.

The University of Málaga is well-known for its strong research department specializing in the group of bacteria to which the Bacillus strains belong. Besides theoretical research, applied research is also a strength of the university. For trials in practice, the university works with Koppert Spain. The agreement brings many advantages for both parties. It gives the research group a major financial boost and allows Koppert to consolidate its strategic market position.

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