Practical research on a scientific basis
Knowing that parasitic wasps are fond of aphids is one thing; producing them in large numbers, packing them properly and shipping them all over the world is another. The parasitic wasp is only one of the more than thirty natural products which Koppert supplies.
In our research centre in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, some thirty people work continuously to develop new methods for biological control and pollination, and enhance existing applications. By keeping in close touch and exchanging knowledge with (international) scientific and research institutes, distributors and users, we can respond rapidly to threats posed by new pests, as well as extend our knowledge and improve our production, packaging, transport and monitoring methods. A good example is the Microbials research department set up by Koppert. This department carries out research into microbiological control of pests and diseases which will increasingly have to be controlled using non-chemical means. Koppert has already reached an advanced stage in the development of methods for the biological control of root diseases and above ground fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew.