Arysta LifeScience, in collaboration with its partners Vegetech and MC-Clic, was this year’s winner of the Agrow Award for Best Application Technology Innovation. The collaborators employed a drone for the treatment of palm trees with a microgranular formulation of the bioinsecticide Beauveria bassiana to control red palm weevils.

Red palm weevil is widely considered to be the most damaging insect pest of palms in the world. The proprietary formulation of Beauveria bassiana, developed by Arysta LifeScience, demonstrates a high level of efficiency for control of red palm weevil, and drone treatment allows application on tall trees in urban environments, reducing the cost of treatment and facilitating the protection of ornamental palms. This drone technology is a component in a set of innovative biosolutions developed to control red palm weevil in various environments including date palm plantations.

“We are honored to accept the Agrow Award, which recognizes our capabilities and commitment in the biocontrol market,” said Samantha Besse, BioSolution Research Manager, who developed the innovative biocontrol technology called TechniPalm®. “Our exclusive formulation of the proprietary strain of Beauveria bassiana is very well adapted to offer growers a new approach in red palm weevil management.”