Provivi™, a California-based biotech company developing sustainable technologies for natural pest control, successfully scaled up its innovative bio-pheromone production at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent (Belgium). The collaboration had three ultimate goals:
- The scale-up of the proprietary fermentation technology to produce pheromone precursors from 10 to 15000L.
- The development of a technology transfer pack to allow production in a commercial scale facility.
- And the production of hundreds of kilograms of pheromone precursor to be used for internal testing to demonstrate the pest control technology.
To facilitate this collaboration and to have a gateway into Europe, a legal entity was founded for Provivi™ in Flanders.
Following this successful scale-up, Provivi announced its Metric Ton Production of Fall Armyworm Pheromone on September 4th, 2019.
Fall armyworm larvae can wreak havoc on a wide range of crops and as quickly as overnight. Insecticides are used to protect the crops, often even on a daily basis. Provivi™ is investigating a novel way to combat fall armyworm. They do this using a pheromone-based mating disruption by using an ‘insect perfume’ that is used by females to attract mates. Doing so, reproduction of the fall armyworm is hindered, and crops are protected in a non-toxic way, earning the product the name of bio-pesticide.
After a long time of lab testing, Provivi™ has recently successfully scaled up their pheromone production process and part of its downstream processing from 10 to 15000L at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP). A technology transfer pack was developed to allow production in a commercial scale facility and hundreds of kilograms of pheromone precursor were produced to be used for internal testing to demonstrate the pest control technology. To facilitate this collaboration and to have a gateway into Europe, a legal entity was founded for Provivi™ in Flanders.