Globally, an estimated 40% of crops are lost to pests and diseases. In an attempt to lower that percentage, there is not the CABI BioProtection Portal, a free, web-based tool that enables users to discover information about registered biocontrol and biopesticide products around the world.
Available online, with an offline version coming soon, the CABI BioProtection Portal offers a ‘one-stop shop’ for growers to fight unwanted insect pests and diseases with more sustainable and safer biocontrol and biopesticide products as part of their integrated pest management strategy. The portal can be accessed on multiple devices, thereby putting the information at the fingertips of anyone who needs it. This is of particular value to growers and advisors, who need information, on-demand, about the availability and correct use of effective, lower toxicity products that are registered locally and meet market requirements.
Users of the CABI BioProtection Portal enter their country and crop-pest query in the portal, which then generates key information on biocontrol and biopesticide products that are authorized for that specific crop/pest combination. Information is sourced directly from national governments’ list of registered pesticides and from partner biocontrol manufacturers.
The CABI BioProtection Portal is available in Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Colombia, France, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Uganda, and the United Kingdom. It will soon be available in Costa Rica, Germany, Ivory Coast, Nepal, and Mauritania, with even more to come in 2022.
Dr. Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director, Global Operations at CABI, said: “It is increasingly clear that certain kinds of chemical pesticides in agriculture are creating serious human health and environmental effects. The portal will be particularly beneficial for growers looking to replace chemical pesticides with biological products to meet market or export standards, satisfy consumer demands for healthier and safer food, and reduce pressures on the environment.”
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