Koppert acquires Bayer biofungicide
Dutch bioproducts company Koppert Biological Systems (Berkel en Rodenrijs) has acquired worldwide rights to Bayer CropScience’s Metschnikowia fructicola yeast-based biofungicide, Shemer. The deal includes all marketing, registration and production rights. Shemer controls diseases on fruit and vegetables, and supplements and complements conventional pre- and post-harvest pesticide applications. It is “ideal for use as a part of resistance management and IPM programmes,” Bayer says. Koppert director of global marketing and sales Henri Oosthoek says the acquisition of Shemer will “add value” in established markets such as protected vegetables and ornamentals, and allow entry into new markets, such as fruits and grapevines. Bayer head of fruit and vegetable insecticides Frank Terhorst says the company has “chosen the right partner” to finalise the development of this “promising biological fungicide”. No financial details have been disclosed.