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BLOSTER Report Summary

Project ID: 673526

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - BLOSTER (Innovative biopesticides production: valorisation of endemic plants and green industrial residues)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-06-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

In recent years, a growing concern has been expressed throughout EU regarding the use of phytosanitary products in agriculture and the significant impacts this practice has on the environment and on users and consumers’ health. Conventional pesticides are synthetic materials that directly kill or inactivate the pest mainly produced from non-renewable resources. There is an increasing demand for residue-free crop protection products, which lesser or none negative impact on environment and better safety features such as biopesticides which are naturally occurring substances that control pests by non-toxic mechanisms, more efficient and formulated to specifically affect a concrete target pest, in contrast to the broad spectrum of conventional pesticides that may affect many other organisms as birds, insects and mammals through the food chain. When used as a component of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) programs, biopesticides can greatly decrease the use of conventional ones, while not affecting the crop yields. Biopesticides are also suitable for Organic Agriculture. BLOSTER project aims to produce different kinds of biopesticides, showing clearly economic (competitiveness in price, creation of market opportunities for the proposer company KIMITEC and other European plant growers and green residues’ suppliers, encouragement of farmers’ competitiveness at global level), quality (R&D based solutions tested and validated following a pharmacological approach, controlled high quality raw material), safety (less use of chemical products, benefiting EU consumers and farmers at international level) and environmental (better use of natural resources with regards to the raw material used (W2R), less impact on the biodiversity, soil, water and air, less ecological footprint by avoiding raw material transport from third countries, is it will be produced in EU) advantages against the current conventional pesticides

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

BLOSTER project comprises 8 WPs and towards the end of reported period (July 2015 to June 2016), 6 WPs have been active. Main achievements along the target specific objectives are:
WP1: Several extraction processes for 3 raw materials have been tested at lab and pilot plant scale for the selection of the most promising ones, that have been later optimise and validate. Also, the characterisation of active substances with biocidal activity has been carried out. WP2: The experimental field (10.000m2) to ensure SAMO raw material supply in short term, has been selected and conditioned. Adaptation of 11.000 SAMO seedlings under the conditions of Almeria (Southeast Spain) has been successfully achieved. Preliminary field test for the optimisation of the plantations has been carried out. The application of KIMITEC nutritional products had strong stimulant effect on all SAMO agromorphological and productive traits. WP3: The final design and first tests of the two foreseen pilot plants for the extraction of the active substances from 3 raw materials is ready and the purchasing of the components has been started in order to have the plants installed in the coming weeks. WP4: Based on our previous results from biological characterisation of bioactive substances, these were selected to prepare the final formulations. Despite the activity of the extracts against multiple targets, we have prioritized and formulated the following biocides based on the efficacy: 3 bioinsecticides, 1 bionematicide and 2 biofungicides. Toxicity of the final formulations is being analysed. WP5: The Technical Department of KIMITEC designed the protocols for the application of bio-formulations based in the standards recommended by EPPO (Bulletin OEPP/EPPO, 2012, 42 (3), 367-381). The greenhouses at TECNOVA facilities are ready to start the field test on site. WP7: Communication and dissemination activities have started at the beginning of the project to push the market entry of the BLOSTER biopesticides. In the communication plan, ways of communication and target groups have been defined. Project logo, website (including access to social networks), promotional materials (project leaflet, posters, banner and rolls) and two newsletters have been developed and used for the project presentation and dissemination at several events at national and international level. Market analysis in target countries from EU and abroad are being conducted. WP8: Coordination, monitoring and assessment the overall development of the project has been ensured. KIMITEC has a fluent contact with the EC PO to deal with all projects issues and solve the different questions on the project activities and budget. All project´s deliverables has been submitted. The draft of the plan for dissemination and exploitation of results have been outlined

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Enhancing profitability and growth of KIMITEC as the biopestidices producer and distributor, by the acquisition and application of own and third parties knowledge on the production of novel bioactive substances following pharmacological protocols with specific biocidal impacts on selected pests (insects, nematodes and fungi) affecting very important crops at Global level such as tomato and peppers. And growth of the EU raw material SMEs suppliers the will be encouraged by the market penetration of the BLOSTER products.
Increase the investment of KIMITEC in innovation associated to the new biopesticides and improve the competitiveness of European businesses active in plant protection by securing competitive high quality products.
Seizing global business opportunities by taking advantage of conventional and organic farming market demands on residue free products, with no harvest intervals, which are certified for Organic use and can be used within the IPM to fulfil: current legislative framework, and the even more restrictive private standards imposed by the larger food retailers.
Preserving biodiversity by the use of biopesticides promoting the sustainable production with no negative environmental effects on soil, water, and living organisms’ health, and by optimising the cultivation of an endemic plant Samo which is on extinction danger.
Bring forward the stage of development to start the production thus fostering the market-uptake for BLOSTER products in the close future by the demonstration of affordable production and effectiveness of the biopesticides for its application in horticultural products (tomato and pepper).
Ensuring efficient use of resources and sustainable economic growth by the replacement of chemical products by eco-products in farming practices and substantial waste reduction converting residues from saffron and wine production into resource (W2R) and by reducing crops losses due to the pests infestations.
Disseminate the project results amongst the broadest audience possible focus on key stakeholders and thus support BLOSTER products market penetration.
The production of the bioactive substances with biocidal activity against the proposed pests, has been successfully demonstrated at lab scale. The results have been patented in the case of CROCUS and grape seeds, and a patent is being prepared in the case of SAMO. By upscaling the BLOSTER production technologies and formulation of the products according to the requirements of farmers, a significant impact can be expected: the market value for the new BLOSTER series of biopesticides can be estimated in more than 1 million in the first year of commercialisation

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Record Number: 192974 / Last updated on: 2016-12-13