DE LIER, THE NETHERLANDS - According to a press release, Dümmen Orange and Koppert Biological Systems have launched an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocol called GreenGuard. In order to produce vital cuttings with minimal chemical use. GreenGuard ensures sustainable products for growers, retailers and consumers.
GreenGuard is the new protocol in the industry to meet growers and retailers demand. The result is sustainable grown products by customers, according to the press release, resulting from the Dümmen Orange GreenGuard protocol at Dümmen Orange's mother stock locations. By minimizing chemical use, Dümmen Orange enables customers to introducing beneficials immediately to their crop. GreenGuard fits both Integrated Pest Management and customers plant resilience systems.
In 2015, Dümmen Orange began implementation of Integrated Pest Management in a potted Chrysanthemum greenhouse at our farm in Uganda. Dümmen Orange opted to utilize biological controls in order to achieve more sustainable production. With a goal of producing pot Chrysanthemum using a minimal amount of chemicals, and facing a restriction on the use of biological controls in Uganda, we set out to demonstrate the safety, effectiveness, and sustainability of a biological control program.
To work towards allowing beneficial insects in Uganda, Dümmen Orange partnered with Koppert Biological Systems while actively involving the Ugandan government, according to the press release. With Koppert Biological Systems, Dümmen Orange arranged a trial permit to import beneficial insects.As a result of this cooperation the Ugandan government has approved and admitted various Koppert Biological Systems products, enabling Dümmen Orange to reduce the number of chemical resources for the production of its pot Chrysanthemum cuttings. Now, two years later, GreenGuard has been implemented in all Dümmen Orange’s additional Chrysanthemum greenhouses, where predatory mites and entomopathogenic nematodes are used to control thrips and spider mites.
GreenGuard for pot Chrysanthemum will officially be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 15.00 hours CET during a joint press conference with Koppert Biological Systems at the IPM in Essen (Room L, Conference Center Süd).