Apr. 7, 2017
A partnership agreement was signed between the botanical gardens of the French and Italian Riviera and the company M2i Life Sciences for the implementation of a pesticide-free palm tree protection program.
The red weevil of the palm tree is a formidable pest that puts the palm trees of the Mediterranean basin at risk. In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, for example, more than 100 communities are now victim of the invasion of this insect and more than 13,000 palm trees are already affected. This pest causes the destruction of palm trees and is a major concern of the region's remarkable botanical gardens. In addition, the Loi Labbé came into force on January 1, 2017, which prohibits the use of pesticides in public space, and requires green space managers to quickly find ecological alternatives to pesticides.
It is in this context that M2i Life Sciences, European leader in pheromone biocontrol, and designer of an innovative red palm weevil trapping solution that has been proven in the Middle East and northern Africa for many years, has just signed a partnership with the various botanical gardens of the French Riviera to guarantee the biological protection of their specimens. This solution is also used by the "Save Our Palm tree" Association, which is very active in protecting palm trees in the PACA region.
This partnership concerns:
The Jardin Val Rahmeh in Menton (dependent on the Museum of Natural History)
The Garden of Villa Thuret in Antibes (dependent on INRA)
The Port Cros National Park in Hyères
The Hanbury Botanical Garden in Ventimille (Italy)
The Phoenix Experimental Garden in Bordighera (Italy)
The aim is to use pheromone diffusers (*) in each garden. Placed in traps, which attract the males and females of the weevils and allow them to be captured.
M2i Life Sciences is particularly honored to contribute to the preservation of the plant heritage of the Côte d'Azur and proud to have the confidence of those in charge of these prestigious botanical gardens.
This is a perfect illustration of the effectiveness and reliability of trapping the red palm weevil and demonstrates that such a solution can be implemented by municipalities, local authorities or individuals.
* A pheromone is the specific odor emitted by an insect to communicate with its congeners, M2i has developed a method to reproduce this pheromone by biomimicry and insert it into a diffuser.
About M2i Life Sciences :
Founded in 2012, M2i is a French industrial group, expert in the design, formulation and production of complex molecules. Through its research laboratory in Lacq (64), combined with its production plant based in Salin de Giraud (13), M2i meets the needs of its customers in three business segments: human health, animal and biocontrol biocontrol plant.
M2i has developed an expertise in pheromones for biological crop protection and welfare of animals. It designs, manufactures and markets a new generation of natural products that can replace effectively and profitably, traditional pesticides. As such, in 2015 M2i received the ‘Prix Entreprises & Environnement Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development’, in the Innovation category.