The city council and the company, which was founded at the University of Alicante, have signed an agreement to apply Phoemyc, a biological and sustainable solution against this plague
Elche, 3 May 2016
Glen Biotech and the Elche City Council signed an agreement this morning for the biological treatment of 2,000 palm trees that consists of applying the Beauveria bassiana fungus that is native to the region. The aim is to stop the advance of the red palm weevil plague in the Palmeral de Elche, which has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site.
As a result of the agreement, the company that was founded at the University of Alicante will provide the product and apply it to 2,000 palm trees under six metres tall in the municipal park, which is the most popular tourist destination of the Palmeral de Elche. It will also be applied in the Cuerna and Felip ecological groves, Hort del Gat (which housed the now closed Estación Phoenix), Hort de Bernia (adjacent to Miguel Hernández University), and the grove in Murcia (where the Red Cross is located).
Phoemyc—the name with which Glen Biotech markets the fungus—has already been applied in the last two groves listed above in an experimental and altruistic manner, and these efforts will continue. The city council will provide €25,000 to treat the other areas.
The annual agreement is renewable and includes three applications that will coincide with the red palm weevil’s flight periods. The first application will begin immediately, as announced after the agreement was signed by the CEO of Glen Biotech, Berenice Güerri, and the Councillor of the Environment, Parks and Gardens for the Elche City Council, Antonio García.
Güerri highlighted that during the three-year period that the treatment has been applied at Hort de Bernia, no palm trees have had to be removed and that Phoemyc “is a tool created in Elche that will return to Elche to help us address this plague.”
García pointed out that this “biological and sustainable” treatment will be applied in certain groves—such as the municipal park—that are visited by a significant number of people, and he also stated that the agreement will be extended to additional palm tree groves in the upcoming years.
In this regard, Güerri noted that the biological treatment will be applied in some of Elche’s historical groves so “people may enjoy them. Toxic products are harmful to plants as well as to people.”
For additional information:
Berenice Güerri, CEO of Glen Biotech and author of the doctoral thesis through which the product was developed.
Tel. 652 85 24 46