January 10, 2018

Dümmen Orange presents GreenGuard

Global plant breeder and Koppert Biological Systems introduce new sustainable production protocol for minimal use chemicals.

De Lier (The Netherlands) January 10, 2018  - Dümmen Orange, leading breeder and producer of plants and flowers, and Koppert Biological Systems launch a unique and effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocol called GreenGuard. In order to produce vital cuttings with minimal chemical use. GreenGuard ensures sustainable products for growers, retailers and consumers.

GreenGuard is the new protocol in the industry to meet growers and retailers demand. The result is sustainable grown products by customers, resulting from the Dümmen Orange GreenGuard protocol at our mother stock locations. By minimizing chemical use, Dümmen Orange enables customers to introducing beneficials immediately to their crop. Our customers classified good technical cuttings, no negatives. GreenGuard fits both Integrated Pest Management and customers plant resilience systems.

In 2015, Dümmen Orange began implementation of Integrated Pest Management in a potted Chrysanthemum greenhouse at our farm in Uganda. Dümmen Orange opted to utilize biological controls in order to achieve more sustainable production. With a goal of producing pot Chrysanthemum using a minimal amount of chemicals, and facing a restriction on the use of biological controls in Uganda, we set out to demonstrate the safety, effectiveness, and sustainability of a biological control program.

To work towards allowing beneficial insects in Uganda, Dümmen Orange partnered with Koppert Biological Systems while actively involving the Ugandan government. Together with Koppert Biological Systems, Dümmen Orange arranged a trial permit to import beneficial insects. Koppert Biological Systems is a worldwide supplier of beneficial insects known for high quality, reliable products, advice and guidance. As a result of this cooperation the Ugandan government has approved and admitted various Koppert Biological Systems products, enabling Dümmen Orange to reduce the number of chemical resources for the production of its pot Chrysanthemum cuttings. Now, two years later, GreenGuard has been implemented in all Dümmen Orange’s additional Chrysanthemum greenhouses, where predatory mites and entomopathogenic nematodes are used to control thrips and spider mites.

With an eye for innovation and sustainability, Dümmen Orange is developing a future in which our products are produced as sustainably as possible, reducing the level of chemical pesticides in our cuttings to protect people and the environment. In addition, this program allows us to fulfill customer requests as the demand increases for sustainable products grown with fewer chemical pesticides. The clear path to meet these production demands is to follow the principles of Integrated Pest Management. More products will follow soon. GreenGuard for pot Chrysanthemum will officially be presented on Wednesday, January 24 at 15.00 hours CET during a joint press conference with Koppert Biological Systems at the IPM in Essen (Room L, Conference Center Süd). If you wish to attend this press conference please register before January 13th by sending an e-mail to Nicolette Straver: n.straver@dummenorange.com

Company information

Koppert Biological Systems contributes to better health of people and the planet. In partnership with nature, Koppert Biological Systems make agriculture healthier, safer and more productive. They provide an integrated system of specialist knowledge and natural, safe solutions that improves crop health, resilience and production The ongoing attempt to discover and utilize natural principles forms the backbone of Koppert’s activities. Koppert’s strength lies in its ability to turn this knowledge into practical applications which contribute to finding solutions to prevailing problems.

Dümmen Orange is a leading company in the breeding and development of cut flowers, bulbs, tropical plants, pot plants, bedding plants and perennials. Its annual turnover is around €360 m. The company employs over 7,700 people worldwide. In addition to a large marketing and sales network, Dümmen Orange has a diversified network of specialized production sites. The key to Dümmen Orange’s success is a broad and deep product range, supported by a global supply chain. The company embraces its social responsibilities and invests in the health, safety and personal development of its staff.

For more information please contact:

Thomas Bousart, Managing Director
t.bousart@dummenorange.com  / +49 172 7515402

Ard van der Maarel, Sales International
avdmaarel@koppert.nl  / +31 6 51410061

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