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                      DISPENSER SAVES MONEY & HELPS

                                      OPTIMISE CONTROL

          Offering fast and even distribution of                                 “Extensively trialled and tested, Entomat-
        beneficials in a wide range of glasshouse                               ic™ can handle all common beneficial carrier
        crops, Entomatic™ is a new adaptable                                    materials – vermiculite, sawdust, bran and
        automatic dispenser to help growers                                     buck wheat husk. With no requirement for
        reduce labour costs and optimise control.                               a pipe rail system, it can be mounted on a
          Available worldwide exclusively from                                  cart, tractor or spray equipment. All this
        Biobest, Entomatic is the result of a col-                              adaptability brings benefits to us as manu-
        laboration  with  Hortiworld,  the  Dutch-                              facturers, Biobest as suppliers and growers
        based producer of state-of-the-art Bio                                  as users,” he says.
        Bull  horticultural  equipment.                                          “It can be challenging to schedule and
          “Entomatic™ has been designed and engi-  tion. In 2020, at the prototype stage, the   co-ordinate sufficient crop workers to
        neered to deliver a very even, accurate and  company approached Biobest and the two   manually apply biocontrols coinciding with
        homogenous flow of mite products, such  have collaborated to fine-tune and validate   deliveries. With 2-16 dispensing points,
        as Phytoseiulus-System, Amblyseius-Sys-  the Entomatic™ and bring it to market.   the Entomatic™ can automatically dispense
        tem and Swirskii-System,” explains Hanne   “Compared to other dispensers, Ento-  beneficials in up to 16 rows simultaneously.
        Steel, Biobest product portfolio manager for   matic™ continuously and gently blows the   Depending on the number of dispensing
        beneficials. “It can also play a valuable role   mites on to the crop,” explains HortiWorld’s   points and row length, it has a dispensing
        dispensing suitable pupae and egg-based   Rembrandt van Meegen. “By slowing down   capacity of up to 1,5 ha per hour.”
        biocontrol products.”               the air flow, more mites land on the leaves
          “Manually dispensing beneficials can be  - where they are required – with minimal
        labour intensive and therefore time con-  falling to the floor. The reservoir enables
        suming and costly,” she says “A repetitive  different products to be carried. When pre-
        task, it requires high levels of focus, and  mixed, an auger system provides contin-
        it can be difficult to assess if the task has  uous and homogenous supply to the dis-
        been performed well. To optimise biocontrol  pensing points.”
        strategies and its effectiveness, it is impor-  “A simple modular system, the machine
        tant to get even distribution of beneficials   is highly adaptable and can be configured
        throughout the crop.”                                                    Summing up Hanne says: “while helping
                                            to suit almost all glasshouse crops – soft   growers improve their labour efficiency, the
          Having been approached by a north  fruit, protected salads and ornamentals -   Entomatic™ helps ensure the beneficials
        American strawberry grower keen to au-  and any growing system,” he says. “We’ve   are dispensed evenly throughout the crop
        tomate this process, HortiWorld set about  designed it to be easy to configure and   – a prerequisite of good biological control
        designing and engineering a reliable solu-  intuitive to use.”          strategies.”
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                     TECHNOLOGY (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD

          Global animal health and nutrition com-  “We are thrilled to continue to serve the  feed supplement – will be available on an
        pany Novus International, Inc., announced  animal agriculture industry in China and offer  indent basis.
        a new partnership with Co-Innova Animal  the best selection of Novus and Co-Innova   “Novus is very happy to be able to part-
        Nutrition Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.,  to our customers here,” says Dr. Sun, CEO   ner with our former colleagues to contin-
        to serve customers in China.        of Co-Innova. “Our team at Co-Innova has a   ue serving animal agriculture producers in
          The new Chinese company, Co-Innova   rich knowledge of Novus HMTBa products,   China,” says Vaibhav Nagpal, Novus vice
        Animal Nutrition Technology (Shanghai)   and we’re looking forward to continuing to   president and managing director for Asia.
        Co., Ltd., will serve as Novus’s distributor   deliver the very best to our customers here.”     “Novus leadership is glad that our products
        in China for its MINTREX® bis-chelated trace   Along with the MINTREX® product line  are in the hands of people who understand
        minerals and other products.        and MINTREX® blends, Co-Innova will also  them and have deep knowledge of our cus-
          Co-Innova is led by Dr. Defa “Brian” Sun,   offer ACTIVATE® DA nutritional feed acid  tomers in China. We know our customers
        former commercial director for Novus China,   and CSM 18 enzyme blends. Novus methio-  will appreciate the smooth transition.”
        and was created in collaboration with former   nine solutions – MHA® feed supplement,
        sales managers Zhong Xu and Yuan Lei.       ALIMET® feed supplement, and MHA® SP           Circle 10 on enquiry card
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