Willaertia Magna as a biocontrol agent

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Lyon, November 22nd, 2017- AMOEBA announced today the positive results of in vitro trials conducted with Willaertia Magna C2c Maky microorganism for the control of plant diseases.

Those in vitro trials were carried out by the company CONIDIA, recognized for its broad expertise in fungi and their resistance to fungicides.

The results highlight the possibility to use Willaertia Magna C2c Maky as a biocontrol agent* on pathogens resistant to fungicides, like mildew or Botrytis, fungi that are responsible for grapevine disease. Willaertia magna C2c Maky could therefore be used as a preventing treatment for plant protection.

This breakthrough opens the door to an alternative to pesticides as promoted by the 2009/128/CE European directive translated in France by the Ecophyto II plan, that calls for reducing by half the use of pesticides by 2025. AMOEBA has filed a patent application and continues to develop this application, in particular with greenhouse tests in summer 2018 followed by tests in fields in 2019.  At the end of the greenhouse tests, the Company could start discussions on a potential partnership with a market player.

« This work is in line with the integrated management where predicting tools to detect plant pathogens are combined with biocontrol solutions like AMOEBA’s product. This solution perfectly matches the objectives of creating efficient and environment friendly biocontrol tools. » stated Sébastien VACHER, Global Manager at CONIDIA.

« We have just reached an exceptional milestone in opening a vast and new application in agriculture. The increase in biocontrol products demand is supported by a population becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues and also by the performance of biocontrol solutions as an alternative to pesticides. » added Fabrice PLASSON, Managing Director of AMOEBA. 

* The biocontrol covers all the methods for crop protection using live organisms or natural substances. It is based on the management of the ecological balance of aggressor populations rather than their elimination using phytochemical products.

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