Commercial laboratory and production facility for pathogen control agents deliverable by bees now open
Bee Vectoring Technologies International has announced the official opening of its new production and research facility in Mississauga, Ontario.
The 7000-square-foot facility will house a team of internationally recognized scientists with expertise that encompass crop pest management, soil science, plant pathology and crop disease management and prediction.
Within this new facility, BVT will have the ability to manufacture up to $100 million worth of products annually to be used within its crop protection and delivery systems.
BVT’s crop protection technologies include tray dispensers that contain a unique carrier agent designed to adhere to commercially reared bees, using them as natural delivery mechanisms through the pollination process for a variety of pathogen controls. This proprietary process replaces certain traditional toxic methods of chemical pesticide spraying.
“This is a major milestone in the commercialization of a solution that has the potential to fundamentally alter how pests and diseases are controlled in the fruit and vegetables we eat,” said BVT CEO Michael Collinson. “We are fortunate to have a world-class team that has developed this solution.
“We now have a world class facility that will enable us to scale rapidly and take advantage of significant business development opportunities we are seeing, for a disruptive solution like BVT’s in the national and global food growing industry,” he added.
The economic advantages of BVT’s technology compared to conventional disease control and pesticide spraying extend far beyond simple cost comparisons, said the company.
Additional significant benefits of the proprietary system are in the organic certification of produce with a longer shelf life, the system is environmentally friendly, and prevents disease to crops requiring pollination which notably include sunflowers, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, almonds, canola, apples and pears, and a higher efficiency of crop protection.