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Beneficial insects instead of pesticides against pests in vegetable cultivation

Our aim is to increase functional biodiversity, i.e. to use wild flowers to attract parasitoids into the cabbage field - or to retain them if we release them - to increase natural pest control. By strengthening biological control we can reduce or even eliminate the use of pesticides. Our approach thus increases biodiversity in two ways: directly through the added plants and the organisms that use them as resources, and indirectly through the reduction of pesticides, which always destroy a plethora of non-target organisms.

FiBL project team

Collaboration partners

  • Felix Wäckers, Lancaster University, UK
  • Mathias Kölliker, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Pius Andermatt, Syngenta AG, Switzerland
  • Peter Nagel, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Michael Traugott, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Funding

  • Bristol-Stiftung
  • Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)
  • Coop Fonds für Nachhaltigkeit
  • Ernst Göhner Stiftung
  • Fenaco Genossenschaft, Hauptner-Dietlikon-Zürich
  • Parrotia-Stiftung
  • Schöni Finefood AG
  • Singenberg Siftung
  • Spendenstiftung Bank Vontobel
  • Stiftung Wirtschaft und Ökologie (SWO)
  • Stiftung zur internationalen Erhaltung der Pflanzenvielfalt
  • Gamil-Foundation
  • Werner Steiger Stiftung