Research & Development
Innovative Solutions for Plant Protection
Our development team is constantly working to improve existing products and develop new solutions for crop protection. The focus of our developments is on high-purity plant extracts (so-called ‘botanicals‘). These can be used against pests, phytopathogenic fungi or bacteria. In many cases, these active ingredients can also be transformed for other applications. Therefore, Trifolio-M draws on extensive know-how in the fields of extraction, analysis and formulation.
‘From the plant for the plant’ is tested in 3 steps:
- Field trials
Due to our close contact to universities, colleges and researching companies and our active participation in various committees, we are always on the cutting edge of research and well networked.
As an industrial partner in various national and international research projects, we are constantly involved in research and development tasks.
For research and development of new active ingredients and formulations we have our own laboratory. Here, pre-treatments, solid-liquid and liquid-liquid extractions, as well as downstream process steps up to a scale of 25 L can be carried out and optimized on appropriate equipment. An HPLC system and a photometer are available for analysis. GC/MS measurements can be performed. For the development of user-friendly formulations of active ingredients from phytoextracts or microorganisms, various devices for comminution, mixing and homogenization are available. In addition, there is an infrastructure for investigations on stability and application properties of newly developed formulations.
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Projects with University Institutions and Companies
RELACS – Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems
Start: 2018, duration 4 years
Funding: This project has been funded under Grant Agreement No. 773431 from the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation program
Funding reference number: 773431 (RELACS)
Objective of the project
The objective of the project is to develop and introduce cost-effective and environmentally friendly tools for organic farming. Within the work package, which Trifolio-M is working on, alternatives based on natural substances for minimizing the use of copper in plant protection are offered and tested by partners in the European field.
The project was developed and implemented by representatives from research, agriculture, consulting and the industry; the project follows the multi-actor approach.
RELACS has 29 partners from 13 countries.
VITIFIT – Healthy vines (Vitis vinifera) in organic wine growing through research, innovation and transfer
Start: 2019, duration 5 years
Funding: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Funding code: 2818OE038
Healthy vines (Vitis vinifera) in organic wine growing through research, innovation and transfer
Combating downy mildew in vineyards, which is caused by Plasmopara viticola, is one of the major challenges in wine grape production. This is especially true for organic viticulture. Against the background of an imminent ban on copper-containing pesticides and due to the massive effects of climate change, organic viticulture is increasingly falling into an economic crisis.
Objective of the project
The overall objective of the project is therefore to optimize and combine existing strategies and to develop new approaches in accordance with the requirements of the Future Strategy for Organic Agriculture (Zukunftsstrategie Ökologischer Landbau ZÖL) and the NAP Action Plan in order to reduce the use of copper in the medium term, but in the long term to dispense completely with copper-containing plant protection products. This should create a basis for securing and further developing organic viticulture in Germany.
The objective of the joint project VITIFIT, which was started in 2019, is to develop a catalog of measures with practical strategies for maintaining the health of the vine in close cooperation with the organic farming associations and viticultural practice.
VITIFIT has 20 partners from research, consulting and practice.