A new biopesticide based on a patented extremophile bacterium is on its way. Funding under the SME Instrument has enabled the company that created this solution to spread the word and consider future plans.
Compared with chemical alternatives, XT1 has similar efficacy whilst showing much lower toxicity. It also proved effective against verticillium, a plant disease with no effective treatment so far that notably affect olive trees. Tests in Spain – the largest olive oil producer in the world – led to very positive feedback from growers, whilst farmers growing strawberry, tomato, cucumber, and other vegetables also showed interest in XTONE. “The product is specifically targeted to organic growers who cannot use the chemical alternatives,” Torres points out.