Dümmen Orange and Koppert Biological Systems have partnered to launch GreenGuard, a new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocol that is designed to help produce vital cuttings with minimal chemical use while ensuring sustainable products for growers, retailers, and consumers. By minimizing chemical use, Dümmen Orange hopes to enable its customers to introduce beneficials immediately to their crop.
In 2015, Dümmen Orange began implementation of Integrated Pest Management in a potted chrysanthemum greenhouse at its farm in Uganda. 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, the company set out to demonstrate the safety, effectiveness, and sustainability of a biological control program.
To work toward allowing beneficial insects in Uganda, Dümmen Orange partnered with Koppert Biological Systems, a worldwide supplier of beneficial insects, while actively involving the Ugandan government. Together with Koppert, 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. Now, two years later, GreenGuard has been implemented in all of 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, January 24, during a joint press conference with Koppert Biological Systems at the IPM Show in Essen, Germany.