Cambridge headquartered agri biotech innovators AlphaBio Control have been presented with a prestigious Silver Award for Environmental Best Practice at The Green Organisation’s Green Apple Awards 2018. The ceremony was held at the Houses of Parliament and was hosted by Liz Kendall MP.
Founded by Iain Fleming and Alfeo Vecchi, Alphabio Control specialises in innovative crop protection solutions developed from discoveries made at the convergence of natural chemistry and microbiology. Its lead product, FLiPPER, was launched in 2017 and is a natural, environment and bee-friendly organic insecticide derived from the natural by-product of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. FLiPPER is proven to effectively control aphids, whitefly, thrips, mites, psylla, leaf hoppers and scale with negligible impact on honey bees, bumble bees, pollinators, other beneficial insects - or humans. It is currently available to the UK wholesale market via the horticultural distributor Fargro Ltd and is also widely used in France, Italy, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands. In the UK it currently has label approval for use on strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers under protection and off label approval for peppers, chillies and aubergines. Further, more extensive and conventional label approvals are being processed and should be available from next year.
The judges said: “The holy grail of insecticides is to be bee and environmentally friendly. AlphaBio may have discovered it.”
Iain Fleming says: “The launch of FLiPPER last year marked the culmination of several years of research and development followed by several more years acquiring the necessary regulatory approvals. It has been a long process. To get this recognition from The Green Organisation for our work in finding solutions for safer agricultural products without further damaging the natural environment is superb.”