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Bee Vectoring Technology

What is it?

Bee Vectoring Technology uses pollinating bees (Bumblebees or Honey bees or both) to deliver beneficial agents to blooming crops to suppress the incidence of plant diseases and insect pests (or both).

This technology provides multiple benefits of better pollination, greater yield of higher quality produce, and protection from fungal diseases and insect pests without use of harsh chemicals!

Four Case Studies for Success

1. Strawberries & Raspberries

Proven protection.  Effectiveness equal to or better than with chemicals  

BEE VECTORING = BOTRYTIS (grey mould)

BOTRYTIS significantly reduces strawberry & raspberry shelf life; Bee Vectoring increases shelf life by up to a week. Implications for fresh market, supermarket, and shipping!

2.  Sunflower - . Proven protection

In a 20 acre field an initial experiment (2011) in ONTARIO study Bee Vectoring Technology resulted in:

  • No Banded Sunflower Moths 
  • No Sclerotinia Head Rot 
  • No insecticidal or fungicidal sprays were used 

3. Blueberries – Promising protection

MUMMY BERRY can reduce crop value to $0

BOTRYTIS significantly reduces shelf life

In a 60 acre case study in PEI in 2011, based on results from 2010, Bee Vectoring works.

  • 0-2% MUMMY BERRY against a control of 20%.
  • In the same 60 acres, 0-2% BOTRYTIS 

4. Greenhouse Tomatoes - Proven protection against fungal and insect pests   for as little as $70 an acre 

In a 7 acre indoor 2011 ONTARIO study, following about a decade of other R & D, Bee Vectoring resulted in:

  • 0-4% BOTRYTIS = a 90% reduction
  • 90%+ WHITEFLY REDUCTION
  • 90%+ THRIPS REDUCTION
  • No Chemical Spraying 

Other benefits by other applications

Bee Vectoring Technologies uses the Endophyte product line of naturally occurring plant inoculants that can also help improve the health and yield of your crops through the natural reduction of plant stresses via the plants themselves.  

It can be used as a dip for cuttings-propagation, a seed treatment, and soil amendment, as well as in bee vectoring.

Crops benefit from

  • Better uptake of nutrients. 
  • Increase production, 
  • Use fewer chemical pesticides,
  • Save time and cost of spraying,
  • No personnel re-entry issues,
  • Produce environmentally healthier fruit less prone to infestations

 Scientific Data: Examples of Successes

  1. Strawberries 

Botrytis Index: University of Guelph study, Endophyte vs. untreated at 15 days; Sporulation 0-100 scale (higher number represents more disease susceptibility)

Plant Fresh Weight Increase in Florida Field Grown Strawberries in 2007, cv. Festival

  1. Lowbush Blueberries

Blueberry blossoms treated with Endophyte by Bee Vectoring technology vs. standard treatment after 30 days in 2011 tests in P.E.I. 

  1. Greenhouse crops, including Tomatoes

A mixture of two beneficial fungi were used together for suppression of insect pests and Botrytis grey mould on green house crops

Co-vectoring Beauveria + Clonostachys on Bumblebee Pollinators for Greenhouse Tomatoes and Bell Peppers 

Background

The organism in Endophyte formulations is a unique strain of Clonostachys rosea which is the key to its success. C. rosea is naturally present in vegetation and most soil types around the world.

This line of specially formulated products is proving to be one of the most capable, organically certifiable plant inoculants available. It offers growers a realistic and innovative solution for the increasing demand for healthier, safer crops.

Endophyte rapidly out-competes other fungi and bacteria for the nutrients that naturally occur on plant surfaces. It gets there first, quickly colonizing tissue. Not only does this help fruit growers grow in a more profitable and sustainable manner, it does so with a 100% natural organically certifiable solution.

Although Endophyte occurs naturally, it is not present in adequate numbers to effectively colonize plants.  Thus, its use and success in soil amendments, cuttings propagation as a dip, and seed treatment.

Endophyte delivers a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and innovative solution for reducing plant stress and promotes plant vigour. Botrytis, other fungal disease and insect problems can be suppressed through the plants’ natural defences. Plant health is improved, yields are greater with higher quality and storage times lengthened. 

Using Endophyte every day, as naturally happens through bee vectoring, allows for protection of each and every flower for optimal protection and promotes the plant’s health. 

Endophyte is probably the most versatile, naturally-occurring plant inoculant in the world!”   Dr. John Sutton, Adjunct Professor 

To increase the health of your plants with Endophyte, contact us at: beevectoring@gmail.com  

This research and development has been supported by:

Many Independent Growers