Research for greater biological control

Research & Development

e-nema GmbH is a member of a further extensive research project called BIOCOMES. This project aims to develop new biological plant protection agents to combat a host of key plant pests and diseases.

BIOCOMES - research projectThese include aphids, whitefly, gypsy moth, phytophthora, fusarium and mildew. Furthermore, the project aims to improve the production processes of entomopathogenic nematodes and viruses with the goal of making these beneficial organisms cheaper to produce and extending their fields of application.

28 partners from research and industry are collaborating on the BIOCOMES project. As part of this, e-nema GmbH will be working on optimising biotechnological production processes for entomopathogenic nematodes in Work Package 1 (WP1).

WP2 will focus on improving the beneficial properties of nematodes, such as their tolerance to drying out and heat, virulence, suitability for storage and field persistence, through targeted selection. To a lesser extent, e-nema is also involved in using nematodes against forest pests and diseases (WP3). In collaboration with the University of Graz (Austria) and DLO Wageningen (Netherlands), the use of bacteria to treat brassica seeds is being researched (WP5).

The project is being funded under the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme and will run for four years until November 2017. Total project funding is €12 million of which e-nema GmBH is contributing a 10% share. Please contact Ralf-Udo Ehlers for further information.