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Dudutech-Nuffield Project Featured at Oppenheimer Research Conference

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Dudutech Zimbabwe’s Phil Weller presented his Nuffield research at the 10th Annual Oppenheimer Conference

Photo. Phil Weller (Dudutech Zimbabwe) with his research poster, visited by Nicky Oppenheimer and Duncan MacFadyen at the 10th Oppenheimer Research Conference.

Phil Weller (Dudutech Zimbabwe and Nuffield Zimbabwe) had the privilege of presenting his research at the 10th Oppenheimer Research Conference (1-3 October 2019). The conference, which brought together over 348 delegates with interests in natural and environmental science, aims to contribute to the global conversation on ecosystems and biodiversity in a meaningful way.

“Work with nature, don’t impose your will on nature,”
Nicky Oppenheimer, 10th Oppenheimer Research Conference 2019

This year Phil Weller presented research from his Nuffield research project on how Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is being used in a commercial context around the world. The aim of the project was to highlight how IPM can be used globally for sustainable agriculture on a wide variety of crops and livestock.

During the introduction of the conference, Nicky Oppenheimer said, “work with nature; don’t impose your will on nature,” reaffirming the ethos at the heart of Dudutech and Phil’s research project.

Photo. Jonathan Oppenheimer with a panel at the 10th Oppenheimer Research Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa 2019.

The research:

Graphic. A poster for Phil Weller’s Nuffield Zimbabwe project.

 

Zimbabwean authorities approve range of ICM products from Dudutech

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After a rigorous registration process, Phil Weller, the official distributor of Dudutech products in Zimbabwe, has received the official rubber stamp on a range of pest and crop management solutions. Among the products now available to farmers in Zimbabwe are MYTECH, TRICHOTECH, LECATECH and BEAUVITECH, microbial products used for the management of pests and diseases, and the intelligent chemicals pHusion and Trident used to boost crop development. The country, which has a tradition of commercial agriculture, is set to directly benefit from these innovative products through improved plant health and more sustainable crop and soil practices.

More about the products:

MYTECH contains Paecilomyces lilacinus (F18), a naturally occurring nematode killing fungus used to manage plant parasitic nematodes including Root knot, Cyst, Root lesion, Burrowing and Reniform amongst others.

BEAUVITECH contains spores of Beauveria bassiana J25, a fungus which kills Thrips and whiteflies through an entomopathogenic processes.

LECATECH is a biological insecticide containing Lecanicillium lecanii J27, a naturally occurring specialised entomopathogenic fungus which targets whiteflies.

TRICHOTECH contains spores of Trichoderma asperellum a soil dwelling fungi that is beneficial to plants. The fungus is antagonistic to soil pathogenic fungi and has been used globally for control of soil borne fungal diseases caused by Fusarium spp., Pythium spp. and Rhizoctonia spp. In addition, the strain is known to increase plant vigour.

pHUSION is a foliar feed containing 3-21-23+2% Phosphite + Silicon. The Si in pHUSION stimulates phosphite metabolism within the plant leading to increased root development even during stressful conditions.

TRIDENT is a folliar feed containing Zinc, Copper & Silicon – essential elements for plant health.

Dudutech cutting edge pest controls now available in Tanzania

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Growers in Tanzania can now benefit from a range of Dudutech’s biological pest control products. The portfolio approved by Tanzanian authorities includes beneficial mites and fungi used to sustainably protect crops against Thrips, red spider mites and root knot nematodes. The products, traded as BEAUVITECH, MYTECH and PHYTOTECH, enable flower and vegetable growers to harness nature to protect their crops in a sustainable, environmentally intelligent way.

These solutions were specially designed and developed under a “by growers for growers” mantra to provide farmer-focussed alternative approach to crop protection. In the past, farmers relied heavily on chemical pest controls which are potentially harmful to the environment, people and long term economic viability of agribusinesses.

Thrips, red spider mites and nematodes can be difficult to effectively manage using chemicals alone. This is due to a confluence of problems compounding challenges such as resistance management, market restrictions, non-target effects and safety restrictions. When these issues arise, farmers suffer lower productivity, reduced plant quality and increased costs. Using biocontrols addresses each of these while protecting the long term future of growing and selling crops.

The Products

PHYTOTECH is one of Dudutech’s flagship biocontrol products, it deploys specially reared beneficial mites called Phytoseiulus persimilis, powerful natural predators which actively hunt and feed on red spider mites including their eggs, nymphs and adults. PHYTOTECH is safe to use and does not face natural resistance issues, unlike many routinely used chemical controls.

BEAUVITECH contains spores of a specially developed entomopathogenic (insect-killing) fungus called Beauveria bassiana which naturally targets Thrips in vegetables and flowers. When the spores come into contact with the target, they attach and penetrate the insect before feeding on internal tissue, killing the pest. Spores then emerge from the cadaver, ready to attack a new host. The formulation was designed to allow farmers to apply the product and safely interact with the crop immediately after spraying.

MYTECH contains formulated spores of Paecilomyces lilacinus, a nematophagous fungus which traps and digests root knot nematode adults, juveniles and eggs in the soil. MYTECH spores attach to a target nematode then form mycelia to trap it before invading and feeding on the host. The spores then emerge to continue the lifecycle on a fresh host. MYTECH is applied to the growing medium using drip irrigation or spray equipment to allow the fungal colonies to easily spread through the soil to infested regions in the crop. Chemical controls for root knot and other pest nematodes often harm beneficial non-target macro and micro organisms living in the soil around the crop roots. By using MYTECH growers can manage root knot nematodes without damaging the natural soil biome which crop plants rely on.

What this means for Tanzania

Livingstone Chepukel, Dudutech East Africa Sales Manager:
“Tanzania’s agriculture sector is large and growing but farmers face major challenges in sustainably protecting their crops against pests and diseases which ultimately impact on access to external markets and their bottom line. Dudutech’s entry into the market is an important step forward in securing the long term future of the agriculture industry in Tanzania.”

TRICHOTECH ® WP

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TRICHOTECH ® WP contains spores of Trichoderma asperellum an antagonistic fungus that is used globally for control of soil borne fungal diseases including Fusarium spp., Rhizoctonia spp., Sclerotinia spp., and Pythium spp. In addition, this strain is known to have the ability to increase plant growth vigour.

TRICHOTECH ® WP formulation contains spores and mycelial fragments of Trichoderma asperellum Isolate H22 at a concentration of 4 x 109 CFUs per gram.

RHIZATECH ®

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RHIZATECH ® TM Contains spores, colonized root fragments, and other propagules of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) in a granular carrier. Mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial organisms that occur in association with plant roots in nature and enhance plant growth and vigour.

RHIZATECH ® TM formulation contains spores and mycelial fragments of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi at a concentration of 50 propagules per Cubic centimetre product. RHIZATECH ® TM is useful to a wide range of vegetables, cereals, herbs, horticultural and ornamental crops.

MYTECH ® WP

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MYTECH ® WP is a biological Nematicide based on Paecilomyces lilacinus a naturally occurring Nematophagous fungus for control of plant parasitic nematodes that include Root knot nematodes, Cyst nematodes, Root lesion nematodes, Burrowing nematodes and Reniform nematodes amongst others.

MYTECH ® WP is a wettable powder formulation containing living spores of Paecilomyces lilacinus at a concentration of 1.0 x 1010 Colony forming Units (CFU’s) per gram in an inert carrier.

LECATECH ® WP

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LECATECH ® WP is a biological insecticide containing Lecanicillium lecanii, a naturally occurring Entomopathogenic fungus that is effective against whiteflies.

LECATECH ® formulation contains conidia of Lecanicillium lecanii strain J27 at a concentration of 1 X 1010 spores per gram in an inert carrier.

BEAUVITECH® WP

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BEAUVITECH® WP is a biological insecticide containing Beauveria bassiana used to manage Thrips, whiteflies and other soft bodied insects.