Biotechnology

biotecnologia-calesa

Biotechnology

The contribution of Field Management through biotechnology laboratories is remarkable, the detection of diseases in crops, the efficient reproduction of cane varieties and the reduction of pesticide use are just some of the daily objectives of the unit that took its first steps in CALESA Group in 2003.

Today our organization has three laboratories dedicated full time to increase the productivity of our plantations, cleaning the seed through In Vitro cultivation, the production of plants free of diseases and biological means to fight pests that affect our fields.

 

Biotechnology Laboratory

Also called Biofábrica, it is the area where diagnostic and monitoring work is carried out, using state-of-the-art technology. Basically, the laboratory recreates the environment where the plant grows, controlling its growth, which initially occurs In Vitro, until its size is suitable to pass to a Bioreactor.

Bioreactors provide a wide space for the plant to grow and multiply, while it is fed through a complex system in which it is temporarily immersed in a liquid with all the requirements to guarantee its subsistence. When the plants leave the Bio Factory, they begin a process of rooting and acclimatization in the vicinity of the field, until they are suitable to be sown.

 

Laboratory of Biological Control:

In this area are bred since 2011 butterflies such as Galleria Mellonela, flies and parasitoids that contribute to the control of the pest Diatraea sp and Nemátodos for the control of Castnia Licus and Salivazo. According to official information, insect pest infestation levels remain below 2% with the use of biological agents.

 

Laboratory of entomapathogenic fungi production

The production of fungus Beauveria sp, Mtarrihizium sp and Trichoderma allow the control of various pests and impact pathogens. This laboratory is product of a project developed with the Embassy of England, whose economic contribution allowed the construction of the laboratory and its endowment.