11:30 - 11:45 - Save the bees: selective organic insecticides and repellents with biogenetic research
Aldo Villagrossi - Area Manager - COSMAR
The bee is the fundamental insect for the pollination of all plants on the planet. Without the bee, simply, plants do not reproduce.
The bee population is threatened by the presence of non-selective insecticides that indiscriminately kill all insects including bees.
The research carried out in the laboratory of the University of Potenza, Italy, has given a unique result in the world: creating a completely natural substance to preserve the life of the bees and at the same time eliminate those insects that are harmful to a specific environment.
Our research is centred around a study that has looked for the natural elements of our land in order to create a natural condition to be able to select an effect that does not have any chemical element (and that can, consequently, be persistent in the environment) , and that it cannot be combined and transformed with other elements, both synthetic and natural, thus creating dangerous sub-synthesis.
The natural elements that make up this complex formulation are drawn from what is the complex system of biodiversity in the Italian territory. Italy is, as is known, the country with the largest biodiversity system in the world.
To obtain the maximum result from each individual plant used to have a specific effect, an even more complex level was performed to obtain an amplification of the effect: genetic selection.
Genetic selection (which has nothing to do with genetic modification) makes it possible to obtain an effect multiplied by X times relative to a certain selection of plants.
The same flower, taken from a different plant, may have marked characteristics compared to the same flower taken from another plant. This difference is selected by identifying the genetic profile of the flower and the plant that generated it, and in this way, we obtain a synthesis with the desired values, amplifying the potential already intrinsic in the plant.
If a plant or a flower has the characteristic of being natural repellents for insects, there are some specimens of the same plant that have a tenfold effect compared to all the others of the same species. This is how the laboratory of the University of Potenza was able to count on the enormous variety of plants offered by the Italian territory to select those that, genetically, offered the greatest potential to achieve a certain purpose.
What has been obtained is both a selective insecticide, which does not kill bees, nor does it disorient them as in the case of neonicotinoids, but that does not affect their health and behaviour in any way.