By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for AgroPages
Founded in 1997 by professionals with experience in the field of pest control, Bio Controle is prominently known in the Brazilian pesticide market. It offers a wide range of products for the most varied crops, from vegetables, flowers and cotton to citrus, fruits, tobacco, sugarcane, corn and stored grains, among others. AgroPages spoke exclusively to the company's director, Ari Gitz.
What are the values and differentials of Bio Controle?
Bio Controle is committed to developing products for Integrated Pest Management, respecting the integrity of nature, focusing on the best results in the detection of pests, prevention and control. The latest attraction and trapping technologies and techniques, widely used in Europe and the USA, where agriculture is seeing high levels of technological development, are being introduced to Brazilian agriculture through Bio Controle's options and products.
Do you also work with semiochemicals?
The best way to cultivate with results and innovation starts with the use of pheromones (sexual attractants) and traps focused solely on the planned crop or storage. Pheromones and traps are therefore an innovation in insect control, ensuring pest-free crops and healthier foods in harmony with the environment.
Which are the products featured as insecticides?
Bio Controle works with two biological insecticides, which are two Bts (Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria). One of them is Agree, which is composed of two bacteria, aizawai and kurstaki, with a very large control spectrum since they are two bacteria producing different crystals, with a very wide range in the control of caterpillars, and the second is Thuricide.
Both products are well known in the market, come from multinationals, are produced in the United States, and are highly effective. Agree is highly effective for tuta, plutella, which are pests that are difficult to control.
What are the other highlights, and what does the future have in store?
We also work with Ferramol, which is the only registered lesmicide for agricultural use in Brazil. This year, we will launch the entomopathogenic nematode, which is a living being, a macro, which feeds on a bacterium, and when it arrives in the juvenile phase, it is sprayed, specifically for soil pests hunting for prey and injected. The bacteria within the pest reproduce and kill the insect or larva.
We are registering two more nematodes. One of them will be marketed for the control of gnatz and bradysia fungi, as well as trips. The other, which is a larger nematode, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora, will be for conotrachelus, which is a guava, cocoa and cupuassu pest, and the main pest will be Sphenophorus levis, which is a difficult pest to control, as it is hidden inside the ground. The recommended dose is 200 million nematodes per hectare and it then remains at some 10% in the soil.