Course-Workshop “FROM ACADEMIA TO INDUSTRY”: Experiences in the development and application of bioproducts for the management of agricultural pests

The National Center for Animal and Plant Health (CENSA) and BiotorLab, a Nicaraguan company, are celebrating 10 years of strategic alliance. For this reason, the Course-Workshop “FROM ACADEMIA TO INDUSTRY”: Experiences in the development and application of bioproducts for the management of agricultural pests, was held at Palco Hotel on July 19th and 20th.

This Course-Workshop was aimed at sharing experiences in the challenge of transferring scientific research to the industrial production of agents for the biological control of pests, and their use by agricultural producers.

The first session included two lectures on: New trends on pest management in the current context and climate change, by Dr Mayra Rodríguez (PhD); as well as Quality in the regulated industries: Good Manufacturing Practices for the microbial products industry for pest control, by Drs. Nivian Montes de Oca Martínez and Margarita Ceballos (PhD). Afterwards, organized oral presentations were held: Industrial scale production and marketing of microbial products for pest control in Central America, by Ing. Luis Fernando Torres, the president of BiotorLab; and Production and application of Biological Control Agents in an IPM Program in melon cultivation, by Ing. Santiago Amador, Head of IPM, Farm Montelibano, Agrolibano, Honduras. These presentations motivated the discussions and exchanges among scientists, BCA and agricultural producers in order to help promoting collaboration.

On the second day of the Course-Workshop, two sessions focused on the following topics were carried out: Research-development and new uses of registered products, and New products in development. The fruitful discussion ended with a Roundtable: Experiences of agricultural producers in the use of bioproducts.

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