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“We applied it to apricots and sweet cherries, and at -2 C they did not suffer any damage.”

In the last few weeks Europe has been hit hard by low temperatures and night frosts, this can cause large crop losses and many sleepless nights for growers. This is also a problem in many other areas around the world.

UK company CropAid Int. Ltd. was established in 2005 and produces a product which substantially reduces the risk of frost damage to a very large range of crops, the company also produces a product which can help crops thrive in very hot and dry conditions.

Both AntiFrost Max and AntiHeat Max have been certified by The Soil Association and are safe for use on organic crops. Adas UK officially trialled the product for frost protection on strawberries and potatoes and since confirming the successful results, CropAid has won multiple awards.

“Our AntiFrost Max probiotic natural bio stimulant fertiliser has been evolving over the years and we now supply many countries around the world with this product,” explains Raquel Tanseli a director of the company. “The product is suitable for almost any crop; fruits, vegetables or flowers.”

“The product is recommended for atomized spraying on crops and the contact surface has protection from frost after around 12 hours. We recommend early application as better results are achieved when the plants are healthy and not already stressed. The effectiveness can vary between different crops in different environments. Long term application is advised, with an additional spraying 24-48 hours before a frost event.” said Aydin Tanseli, also a director of the company.

AntiFrost Max

AntiFrost Max releases and reinforces different reactions in the plant’s metabolism. Its mode of action has a similar effect to that of plant hormones and natural regulators. It can increase resistance of crops and plants to cold and frost injuries and biotic and abiotic stresses. It can also be used to prevent plant injuries as well as cure them.

AntiHeat Max

Plants take the moisture out of the air and roots by osmosis and, in order to do this, increased photosynthesis is essential. If AntiHeat Max is used on a regular basis from the early stages, the appearance of the crop will change to adapt in arid and hot environments as it can take moisture also from the soil aided by the product. AntiHeat MAX also contains essential amino acids to repair the damaged crops. This gives the opportunity to grow crops in environments which would not normally be suitable. These changes can also inhibit insects and pests attacking the crop.

What some of CropAid’s customers say:

France: “In a land where vineyards are widespread, we had the product applied in a Sauvignon vineyard, a couple of days before the frost. The temperature dropped to about -3 °C. The vineyard was saved. Those around were severely damaged.”

Romania: “Usually we cover strawberry fields with fleece, last year we had -2 degrees Celsius air temperature, but on the ground, we had -6. The fleece was not enough, most farmers lost 70% of the crop. It was different for us, we applied AntiFrost two days before the frost and we saved the entire crop of flowers. We applied it last year to apricots and sweet cherries, and at -2 C, they did not suffer any damage.”

Slovakia: “The majority use Cropaid Antifrost in their vineyards and apple/peach/apricot orchards, also on strawberries and forest nurseries. The existence of CropAid Antifrost is spreading between the growers every year.”

“We fertigate 8ha of peppers and cucumbers from the stage of planting and during the whole season until the end of harvest and, by doing this, we protect them from the first frost in the autumn. We have the situation where there is a constant level of AntiFrost in the plants, they are prevented from stress and there are no big fluctuations. The plants are stronger and, in the end, it results in better and higher quality production. We have a good experience with this product and have been using it for years.

Italy: “Most farmers use CropAid products on tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, melons but also lots use it on their orchards. We have found that the more leaves there are on the crop, the higher the level of efficacy as there is a bigger area for the uptake of the product. Another observation is that the sugar content increases on treated crops and the colour, such as the redness on apples, is more intense. AntiFrost protects kiwis very well to -3 C and recently, in areas where the temperature had gone down to -5 C, it was still around 40% effective. In comparison, the untreated areas of the same kiwi farm were over 80% damaged.”

South Korea: “AntiFrost application on potatoes showed good protection against frost and cold stress to -3 degrees Celsius.”

Tunisia: “Growers use CropAid AntiHeat on grapes through foliar application, we get a good resistance to hot temperatures and coloration of the cluster. We have been using both AntiHeat and AntiFrost on a variety of crops, particularly citrus fruits such as clementines for years.

UK Heat Trials: “We did heat stress trials using NFT on cherry tomatoes in a glasshouse during July and August treating two rows and leaving two rows untreated. The heat in the glasshouse was sometimes over 30 degrees C. The treated two rows had a more compact bush, the fruit was more even, the tomatoes were ready to be harvested quicker and they had improved fruit-set. In general, the plants sprayed with AntiHeat were not as stressed as the control rows and did not require watering as often. The control plants were transpiring more and therefore absorbing more water from the roots.

UK Nursery: “We used AntiFrost on Geranium Maderense, Zantedeschia Aetheopica, Euphorbia Mellifera and the new growth on Clematis Armandii. All plants were completely unaffected by the cold weather and frost. We were very pleased with the results.”

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Greenhouse ginger has a stronger flavor than imported ginger

In Belgium, CRU is now offering prime fresh ginger on its markets. It is grown locally and sustainably. It is also cultivated pesticide-free and with a minimum of organic fertilizers. The ginger has a stronger flavor than imported ginger.

Also, its carbon footprint is kept as low as possible. This prime ginger is the result of sustainable innovation. Colruyt Group initiated that in cooperation with the REO cooperative and the Provincial Experimental Centre for Vegetable Production.


As a retailer, the Colruyt Group is becoming increasingly aware of food’s impact on people’s health and the planet. It is constantly working on making its products more sustainable. Then its customers can deliberately make sustainable choices.

In this context, Colruyt Group and its collaborators launched this pilot project to grow fresh prime ginger in Belgium. This is a project of the Colruyt Group’s food innovation team for CRU. The ginger’s environmental footprint is reduced thanks to its local, sustainable cultivation.


Local, sustainable farming
This ginger is grown in a greenhouse at the Provincial Vegetable Research Center. Two REO cooperative growers also cultivate it under a non-heated plastic tunnel and greenhouse, also non-heated. The ginger was planted in mid-May and is harvested in the fall.


The growers used a minimal amount of organic fertilizer and no pesticides during cultivation. Growing locally reduces CO2 emissions, as shorter trips are needed to get the product to end-users. This ginger goes from the field to Belgian plates. This product usually comes from Asia and South America, increasing its carbon footprint.


Fresh, top-quality ginger
The Belgian is harvested when the plant’s foliage is still green, so it has no chance to harden or form a skin. That gives the ginger a distinct aroma and flavor. It is very juicy with no fiber and is fresher than the imported versions.

These tubers are uprooted and washed and can be eaten right away. This top-quality ginger has a limited shelf life. This pilot project’s first crop has both good quality and yield – so it was a success. Scaling it up and further sustainability is, therefore, being evaluated.


Exclusive to CRU
People can now buy this high-quality Belgian ginger for a short while at CRU’s three fresh markets in the country. Then it’s back to waiting for the next harvest. So, CRU clients are the first to get the opportunity to taste this local product.


Ginger is very trendy. Because it is so healthy, more and more people are using this root. It is also ideal for flavoring dishes, in fresh but also in syrup or powder form. Taste and user tests have already confirmed that this Belgian ginger outshines the usual product from Brazil, Peru, and China. The Colruyt Group is therefore proud to market this locally-grown, tasty, ultra-fresh product.


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New research greenhouse for natural crop protection developer

Thorben, in the foreground, at the new facility

Valto received the keys to a greenhouse with 17 departments on the Hoefweg in De Lier, with which director Thorben Looije is taking the next step in his growth ambition.

Valto is a Dutch family business specialising in natural crop protection products. Their best-known product, V10, protects tomato plants against the highly damaging pepino mosaic virus. The research into new, natural crop protection products has so far been done at various locations.

After the imminent modifications to the new greenhouse complex, Valto’s researchers will be able to carry out larger tests on several crops and all in one place, close to the family business’s office at Leehove.

The new research facility fits in with the growth plans of the company, which develops and supplies biocontrol agents. “We believe in the power of nature,” Thorben Looije says. “We develop natural crop protection products to make crops resilient to plant diseases. This is a perfect fit within the goals of a greener Europe, but also those of growers, who also attach importance to health, sustainability and the environment.”

Natural protection
The government uses Green Deals to encourage companies to reduce their impact on the environment. For greenhouse horticulture and agriculture, this means using more natural crop protection. Valto wants to respond to this need by conducting more research and tests and developing new biocontrol agents. The new greenhouse will make this possible in the future.

Innovation in legislation
According to Thorben, a condition for innovation is that legislation innovates too: “Our customers want a healthy harvest and good returns. They ask us to help them prevent diseases in their crops. We are happy to do that with the help of nature, but then the legislation has to be adapted. The approval procedure for natural crop protection products now takes about 8 to 10 years. Fortunately, more and more people in The Hague and Brussels are realizing that legislation must grow along with us if we want to meet the European goals.”

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Innovative strategies for biological control

Year after year, the number of crop protection and chemical products that can be employed to counter pathogens and harmful insects in agriculture gets smaller and smaller. Within that scenario and with the aim of achieving a more sustainable management of resources in line with the objectives of Agenda 2030, biological control using useful predators is the only solution.

It is with this purpose in mind that Agri Impo Tech was established in 2019 as an offshoot of Agri Impol in Battipaglia (Salerno), which boasts thirty years of experience in the preparation of pollination programs using bees and bumblebees.

“What is new in the world of biological control is the possibility of feeding mites and useful insects right after they are introduced. This way, they can develop before the attack of harmful insects. This strategy means useful insects can be launched even if their counterparts are not present yet. Nutrimite, distributed by Agri Impol Tech, has led to excellent results,” reports Antonio Rago, owner of Agri Impol and Agri Impol Tech.

For the past 30 years, Antonio Rago and his company have worked to make agriculture as sustainable as possible developing strategies with a low environmental impact. Agri Impol and Biobest have in fact signed an agreement for the sale and distribution of hives of Flying Doctor bumblebees and of all insects useful for biological control.

“Tuta Trap is a pheromone trap that attracts Tuta absoluta adult males. It can be used to monitor and mass capture parasite lepidoptera. Capturing males, in fact, noticeably reduces infestations dropping them to an acceptable level. 15/20 traps per hectare are needed in greenhouses and 15/25 per hectare in open fields. These can also be combined with color insect traps for monitoring and mass capturing.”

Another objective for the company is making producers understand the importance of pollination, which represents a crucial phase for setting and, therefore, for production.

“Nature alone is not enough to meet pollination needs, this is why we suggest introducing bees and bumblebees during blossoming. We are basically talking about buzz-pollination (especially for tomatoes) carried out by bumblebees, who are more stationary than bees and able to work at lower temperatures and in less-ideal weather (wind and rain). Bees are more suitable for late blossoming.”

“Apipol box has become available this year, i.e a hive containing two bee colonies. It was developed to favor entomophilous pollination in open-field crops and we will showcase it during Macfrut.”

“We will welcome you at Macfrut, stand 111, hall B5 to present our new company established in 2019 – Agri Impol Tech.”

Do you wish to create a pollination program perfect for you or get to know biological control options? The company will welcome you at Macfrut on September 7-9, 2021.

For further information:
Agri Impol s.r.l.
via Milano
84090 Montecorvino Pugliano (SA) -Italy
+39 0828 53744
+39 0828 507182

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