Koppert Biological Systems, the Dutch specialist in micro-organism, biostimulant and pheromone products for crop health, has agreed to acquire the assets of Lantmännen BioAgri’s microbial products, registrations and intellectual property.

Lantmännen BioAgri, part of the Swedish farmer-owned Lantmännen farm to food manufacturing co-operative, also operates in the field of micro-organisms for biological control and plant growth stimulation. It has successfully developed biopesticide products for agriculture, forestry and horticulture in the 20 years since it was formed in 1996.    

 As part of the agreement, Koppert will expand its seed treatment capabilities and Lantmännen BioAgri will continue to work in its home markets in Scandinavia and around the Baltic Sea. The companies are to develop a strong partnership around the acquired product portfolio, including joint R&D and marketing.

 Martin Koppert, global business development manager at Koppert, says the acquisition gives the company access to the first biofungicide for seed treatment registered in Europe. Lantmännen has three bacterial biofungicide seed treatment products based on the bacteria Pseudomonas chlororaphis. These products belong to the first group of registered biofungicide seed treatment products in Europe for wheat, barley, oats, rye, triticale (Cedomon and Cerall), and carrots and peas (Cedress). The patented bacteria Pseudomonas azotoformans is also included in the transaction.

 “We see great potential in the development of these bacteria and technology for countries outside Europe and for a wide range of crops,” says Mr Koppert. This acquisition fits our strategy to provide ‘on seed’ solutions for a broader range of crops. It will give farmers more sustainable solutions in regions where chemical alternatives are becoming scarcer. In the longer term we see a potential biological solution for fusarium head blight, a disease that causes devastating yield loses in many parts of the world.”

● In September 2015, Koppert acquired the Certis BCP beneficial insects business from Certis Europe, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Koppert has a UK office in Haverhill, Suffolk.