Bees now have government approval to care for plants. The company Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) has just received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for the active ingredient in its bee-based plant protection product. This is the first time such a product has gotten EPA approval.
The active ingredient, called Clonostachys rosea CR-7 (CR-7), is sold under the name VECTORITE™ with CR-7. It’s a fungicide that BVT says is an all-natural way to improve plant growth, control disease, extend berries shelf life and more.
“Not only is this a critical milestone for BVT in terms of the commencement of scalable commercialization and revenue, but it represents a groundbreaking shift in how plant care products can be applied,” said Ashish Malik, CEO of BVT. “By using commercially reared bees to deliver biological products, growers can protect crops, increase crop yields and enhance their sustainable growing practices by reducing the use of chemicals and other costly and increasingly scarce resources including water, fuel and labor.”
BVT is also looking into getting this kind of approval in other “key” countries. Although the press release doesn’t say what those countries are. It does say that the process for approval in these other countries should be faster because the EPA is an “affirmative model for regulatory agencies” around the world.
Now that BVT has this approval it can officially launch. It’s going to begin generating revenue VECTORITE™ with CR-7 during strawberry and blueberry season here in the U.S.
How does it work?
Bees are a part of the BVT process. The company developed a type of tray called a Vectorpak that is inserts into a commercial beehive. The trays contain the patented VECTORITE™ with CR-7 powder. This all-natural powder sticks to the bees and is transported to different crops during pollination. The powder covers the plants and helps get rid of harmful pests.
The simple process makes it easier for farmers who may otherwise have to pollinate crops by hand. And the company says the process doesn’t hurt the bees. Other farming methods, like those that use pesticides, have been known to be so harmful countries have begun to take action.
Bee Vectoring Technologies also wants to make farming safer for the environment. It uses “crop pollinators” (bees) to spread its all-natural fungicide to crops in a way that doesn’t disrupt the bees regular way of life. BVT says its method is better for the environment because it uses fewer chemicals and machinery. So it has a smaller carbon footprint while reducing waste and increasing the benefits to the crops. This system is also customizable so farmers can use different biocontrols at the same time or individually.
BVT is committing to changing the farming industry by “delivering sustainable farming solutions” that are better for the environment. Its technology is meant to help crops like strawberries, sunflowers, apples, tomatoes and more.
Bee Vectoring Technologies prefers bumble bees for this type of pollination work. They’re strong enough to carry large amounts of pollen or nectar. BVT says that means they can carry the perfect amount of VECTORITE™ with CR-7 powder. Bumblebees can also fly in different kinds of weather. Plus, they’re quick and a large number of bees can belong to a single hive at one time. Check out the video below for more information on BVT and its processes.