BASEL, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Syngenta Crop Protection, a leader in organic innovation, and M2i, a leading technology provider of pheromone-based crop protection solutions, expand their collaboration and launch EXPLOYO™ Vit, a new pheromone-based solution to help winegrowers in France effectively manage vine-damaging pests that impact grape quality and yield. The technology targets one of the most damaging pests for grape growers, the grapevine moth. Lobesia botranawhich feeds on grapes and infects crops with botrytis, a potentially deadly fungus that causes vines to rot.
Approved and certified in organic farming, EXPLOYO™ Vit is biobased and natural. It can be sprayed directly onto the vines and offers growers greater flexibility to better manage their harvest. Pheromones are natural signaling compounds that effectively control pests by interfering with their mating behaviors and preventing their reproduction. Since pheromones are non-toxic and species-specific, they help maintain the diversity and abundance of insects and pollinators.
Winegrowers across France will be the first to benefit from the new sustainable solution. Wine is one of France’s most valuable agricultural products, accounting for around 15% of farm income. France produces 16% of all the wine produced in the world and more than 300,000 jobs in the country are linked to the production and sale of wine.
After the market launch in France, EXPLOYO™ Vit will be rolled out to several wine-producing countries in Europe, including Spain, Portugal and Greece, over the next 12 months, pending regulatory approval. The technology will be marketed in Latin America under the LOBESIA Pro Spray brand.®.
Corey Huck, Global Head of Biologics at Syngenta Crop Protection, said, “Our collaboration with M2i is a strong example of our commitment to being the partner of choice for leading biotech technology providers. We are committed to promoting sustainable agricultural practices and are delighted to provide winegrowers in different markets with a product that helps improve grape quality and control major vine pests.
“M2i developed this innovation with the producer in mind – leveraging our expertise to deliver a fundamentally more user-friendly and flexible product,” said Philippe Guerret, co-founder and CEO of M2i. “We are delighted to see our collaboration with Syngenta entering a new phase with the launch of EXPLOYO™ Vit. At the same time, we continue to jointly evaluate and explore new product opportunities where we believe we can deliver more value to growers. »
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About M2i Group
Founded in 2012, M2i is a French industrial group, expert in the design, formulation and production of complex molecules. Thanks to its research laboratory in Lacq (64), associated with its plant in Salin de Giraud (13) and its manufacturing center in Parnac (46), M2i designs, develops and produces organic molecules with high added value for science. living and agriculture. As such, he has received more than 24 awards, such as the 2015 Business & Environment Prize from the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the Green Chemistry Prize in 2015, the RMC PME Trophy 2016 and in 2017 the European Business Award for Environment from the European Commission, then the Pierre Potier Prize for Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development. In 2018, Les Echos and KPMG selected M2i as one of the 120 companies of the future French economy, and EY named M2i “Best born global company” in 2021. M2i employs 185 people, more than a quarter of them in R&D , and holds 30 patent families protecting its innovative technologies and product lines. To learn more visit www.m2i-lifesciences.com
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