From 23 to 25 October, a prestigious international meeting was held in Bari (Italy) to promote innovative and sustainable solutions for the fight against the red palm weevil that is the real scourge of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Olivier Guerret, Scientific Director of the M2i Group, presented the latest conclusions to the results of the company in terms of pheromone trapping of this insect.
Under the auspices of FAO, CIHEAM (International Center for Advanced International Agronomic Studies) and NEPPO (Near Eastern Plant Protection Organization), the most eminent researchers, agronomists, entomologists and botanists met in Bari to share their work to fight and eradicate the red palm weevil using natural, sustainable methods and in line with the approach of preservation of the environment and the reduction of the use of pesticides.
By the mid-1980s, this weevil was reported in the date production area. Since the beginning of the 21st century the range of the insect has spread considerably across continents and within infested territories. In some countries the socio-economic, landscape and environmental damages are considerable. To date the weevil is reported in Asia (Middle East, India, Japan in 2000 …), Africa (Egypt, Morocco in 2008, Canary Islands in 2005 …), Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Greece , Cyprus, Malta, Turkey), Central America (Netherlands Antilles in 2009), North America (California in 2010) and Oceania (Australia, Papua New Guinea …). In France, it was discovered in 2006 in Corsica and the Var, in 2007 in the Hérault, Pyrénées-Orientales and Bouches du Rhône, in 2008 in the Alpes-Maritimes, in 2012 in Vaucluse, in 2013 in France. Brittany in Morbihan. It is a beetle whose worms dig galleries in the heart of palm trees which causes their death.
It is within this framework that Olivier Guerret disclosed the results of M2i’s latest research in this area. Since 2014, M2i has been offering pheromone diffusers that attract and then trap male and female weevils. This method is allowed in Europe for detection purposes only, but can be used in the north africa or the Middle East for mass trapping. Recently, M2i Biocontrol has developed, thanks to a patented diffusion technology, a new innovative formulation that allows controlled and simultaneous diffusion of the pheromone and its synergists. Thus, the new generation Rhyncho Pro Classic® diffuser diffuses up to 5 months and shows an efficiency up to 2 times greater than traditional diffusers. The purpose of Olivier Guerret’s presentation was to highlight the technological advances that allow this product to massively trap weevils and thus constitute an effective means of protecting palm trees and eliminating this pest when the regulations allow it, as in Tunisia where the tests presented at the meeting were carried out.
“Our new diffuser coupled with an innovative trap patented by M2i has demonstrated its effectiveness as a means of struggle in Tunisia but also as a detection tool in France. For example, as part of a surveillance program of palm trees in the public domain and individuals in Antibes and Sophia Antipolis, which involved more than 200 people, 19,000 weevils were detected between April and October 2018. “said Olivier Guerret, Scientific Director of M2i.
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, also the Pierre Potier chemistry prize for sustainable development.
M2i employs 120 employees, including more than a quarter in R & D, and owns 14 patent families protecting its technology and innovative product lines.
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