Short film highlights environmentally friendly pesticide

As part of a wider project sponsored by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in partnership with ITN Productions, Certis Europe has collaborated with ITN Productions to produce a short film featuring Eradicoat and the contribution it can make to sustainable food production as part of integrated pest management practice. This film is part of a longer news and current affairs-style programme introduced by national newsreader, Natasha Kaplinsky. It was commissioned by the RSB to explore the breadth and depth of the biosciences and in particular to show how they relate to and can help to address a range of global challenges facing the world today. The programme captures the innovations and revelations at the forefront of scientific endeavour, as well as the practical applications that these breakthroughs will have for this generation and the next.

Filmed in the UK and Ghana, the film shows how a product originally conceived to address a specific concern over insecticide resistance development in protected crops in Europe is now being tested in development trials in West Africa, where it is being evaluated for the control of Mealy Bug in cocoa. In both situations, Eradicoat, which is based on maltodextrin, a naturally occurring compound used in foodstuffs, meets the requirements for sustainable food production in terms of its safety to the environment, to non-target beneficial species, to operators and to the environment and as such helps to meet the challenge of how to feed a growing world population in a sustainable way.

The Eradicoat section of the film is hosted on the news section of the Certis Europe website at The full programme can be found at

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