German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports e-nema project
Tuesday, 25.07.2017 Research & Development
Our research project Nema-SMART will be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for 3 years.
The project Nema-SMART concentrates on breeding optimization of the nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora which is field-tested against the Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) in maize cultivation.
In 70% of serval year trials in maize, nematodes reach the same or even higher level of efficiency like chemical standards. However, for farmers nematode products are actually too expensive.
To solve this problem e-nema pursues two strategies:
On the one hand reduction of production costs by “economies of scale” e-nema is just multiplying the capacity of liquid culturing by six. On the other hand the project Nema-SMART. Selection of the nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora concerning virulence and persistence would reduce products application rate, prolong products shelf life and prolong nematode persistence in the soil after application. Improvement of shelf life would ease outbound logistics, reduce product costs and make nematode products price-competitive.