From next Saturday, Glen Biotech will be running a course in Elche on the comprehensive management of red palm weevil, the pest threatening the largest palm grove in Europe and a UNESCO world heritage site. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the main pests affecting palm trees, the symptoms that indicate the presence of the weevil in our trees and the handling of various chemical and biological red palm weevil treatments. Glen Biotech has another other sustainable solution that helps maintain the health of the palm naturally, making it stronger and helping it expel the insect. This sustainable product is called Phoemyc.

The course will run over two days on the 6th and 13th of February from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The theoretical component will be delivered at the Elche congress centre, while the practical training will take place in a nearby municipal palm grove. Course registration is free and places are limited to 30. Anyone interested in attending should let us know on the following email address: cursetvp@gmail.com.

The initiative has been made possible with the collaboration of Glen Biotech, the Volem Palmerar association, la Associació per el Desenvolupament Rural del Camp d’Elx (ADR) and the Datelx cooperative of date producers, in partnership with the Elche city council.

At this morning’s launch, Elche council member for the environment, Antonio Garcia, said that the course has two objectives: to train private citizens and to integrate them into municipal efforts to combat the pest.

Berenice Güerri, head of R&D at Glen Biotech and company manager, highlighted the social commitment of the company, formed at the University of Alicante and the result of publicly funded research.

“Information is key to understanding how we need to act”, she said. The course is aimed at giving attendees the tools to know whether their palms have red palm weevil. “From there we set out what has to be done and how to do it. We’re trying to make everyone a doctor for their own palm trees”.

The course will feature practical demonstrations on the use of various treatments – such as chemical showers and endotherapy – surgery and biological solutions, such as Phoemyc. “We understand that the solution lies in understanding all available treatments and applying the right one at the right time”, she added.

The president of Volem Palmerar, Vicent Sansano, said, “We are supporting the course because the proposal that Glen Biotech put to us seemed very strong”.