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Biological crop protection

Biological crop protection, also called biological pest control, is the control of pests and diseases in the crop through the introduction of natural enemies of the harmful organisms, biological plant protection products and plant protection products of natural origin. With the help of biological crop protection you keep diseases and pests in your crop under control and the harmful insects and pests cause fewer problems to the crop.

What is biological plant protection? 

Biological control or biocontrol is a method of controlling pest organisms in a greenhouse using other organisms. Each garden crop is a new and therefore unstable ecosystem created by human hands. The crop itself is the main source of energy. This often leads to a massive spread of organisms that benefit from these plants. But many of these organisms become pests. The pest population only decreases when the food sources, your crop, are exhausted or when the pests themselves are consumed by other organisms as energy sources. The goal of crop protection is to prevent the mass spread of pests, preferably at an early stage. Biological crop protection uses natural defense mechanisms to control pests.

Royal Brinkman offers knowledge, advice, and products for the use of biological crop protection and crop conservation. For monitoring and scouting of pests, you will find among others signal rolls and plates, and pheromone traps in our assortment. In addition to monitoring and scouting, biological and chemical control is very important to protect the crop from pests. Plant resistance has also become increasingly important in recent years. Therefore, Royal Brinkman offers a wide range of plant reinforcers to meet the need for plant resistance.

Biological Crop Protection products

Four different types of biological control:

  1. Natural biological control: the natural enemies control the pests and pathogens without human intervention
  2. Conservation biological control: helping growers target the natural enemies to improve their control of pests and pathogens.
  3. Augmentative biological control: adding more biocontrol agents, temporarily increasing their population density in a target area.
  4. Classical biological control: adding new biocontrol agents for even greater long-term dispersal and establishment.

What are the benefits of biological control?

  • Specific for a certain pest
    The major advantage of biological control of crops is that the natural enemies are very targeted. They only target the population of the pest in contrast to chemical protection agents that can also destroy fruit-bearing plants, for example.
  • Self-sustaining system
    The second advantage is that natural enemies are able to maintain themselves. Often by controlling the pest population they are supposed to control. This means that after the initial introduction, very little effort is required to keep the system running smoothly. It also means that biological control can be sustained for much longer than other methods of pest control.
  • Cheap after start-up
    It costs a bit to introduce a natural enemy into a new environment, but it is a tactic that only needs to be applied once because of the self-sustaining nature named in the previous point.
  • Highly effective
    In addition, one of the most important benefits is that it is effective. Whatever pest population you want to control, it will undoubtedly be controlled. Because the introduced predator will naturally be inclined to target the pests, you will very often find that the pest population shrinks.

Biological pest control range

Royal Brinkman offers a wide range of biological pest control products - including biological pesticides (biopesticides), natural enemies, insects, pheromones, bumblebees or bumblebee hives and signal rollers - from leading suppliers such as Agrobio, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Ecostyle and Certis Europe. These biological pest control products offers you the opportunity to control and prevent diseases and pests in a biological way. Our range is divided into a number of important product groups:
  • Biological pesticides: agents (biopesticides) with a natural active ingredient based on plant extracts, micro-organisms or pheromones.
  • Natural enemies: pesticides that are used as natural enemies of the harmful organisms. 
  • NO agents: crop protection agents of natural origin using natural enemies. These agents control fungi, insects and in some cases can make the crop more resilient. 
  • Pheromone traps: fragrances that are excreted by plants and/or animals, giving a signal. 
  • Bumblebees: bumblebees are used for pollination of crops in the greenhouse. Bumblebees are dispersed through the placement of bumblebee hives.
  • Signal rollers and plates: sticky traps that are used in the greenhouse to catch and signal pests.
These are some biological pest control examples. Our range of biological crop protection products enables you to prevent, detect and control pests in a biological way. Our range at royalbrinkman.com is divided into various pests. This way you always know which products and insects you can use to control the right pests.

Types of beneficial insects

Diseases and pests, including whitefly, aphids or spider mites, can cause great damage to the crop. At Royal Brinkman you will find a wide range of natural enemies, like phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita and phytoline, to control pests in the greenhouse. See which natural enemies you can use to combat diseases and pests in a natural and biological way. In addition, when introducing beneficials, you need to take into account, for example, the climate in the greenhouse. Climate can have a major impact on the functioning of the natural enemies. Our specialist therefore wrote an article to take this into account when releasing natural enemies. In this way you achieve optimum results and prevent damage to the crop.

Integrated pest management

Due to the increasing interest in subjects such as food safety, sustainability and the environment, integrated crop management has become increasingly important in recent years. In the application of integrated crop management, a combination of biological plant protection products and chemical crop protection is made. To a large extent, integrated crop management makes use of biological crop protection to prevent and control pests. When biological control is no longer possible, chemical crop protection agents are used to correct. In this way the grower counteracts the resistance of pests, giving you the most effective result possible. To start with integrated pest management, you have to take several steps.

Buy organic crop protection products

Want to buy biological pest control products? Then you've come to the right place at Royal Brinkman. On royalbrinkman.com you can order your required biological crop protection products quickly and easily with your personal prices. Do you have questions about the use of biological crop protection? Please contact one of our crop protection specialists. 

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