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AFYREN and CEARITIS partner on crop protection system for orchards

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French biocontrol start-up Cearitis is partnering with AFYREN, a greentech company also located in France, to support the development of a biocontrol device to protect orchards.

The collaboration secures for Cearitis a supply of bio-based and low-carbon raw materials, and allows AFYREN to enter a market that aligns with its mission and its biorefinery model centered on agriculture.

Cearitis has developed a Push&Pull biocontrol system that uses a repellent solution that is sprayed in the orchard to protect several tree crops: olives, cherries, red fruits, almonds and citrus fruit. This combines with an attraction component outside the orchard that attracts fruit flies and deflects them into a trap. Only the targeted flies are captured. The solution is based on natural molecules, is non-toxic for orchardists, usable in organic agriculture and adapted to the profitability objectives of tree-crop farmers.

The formulation of the repellent solution developed by Cearitis uses biobased acids produced by AFYREN. Cearitis’ technology is currently being field tested for the third consecutive year, to validate proofs of concept on olive and cherry trees. The approval process has been launched and a marketing authorization is expected soon. The first commercial production is planned for 2023.

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