Conclusions of the Phytoma Encounter on plant health in tomato growing

December 12, 2019
Seipasa at the Phytoma Encounter on plant health in tomato
Juan Manuel López, Chief Marketing Officer of Seipasa, during his address at the International Phytoma Encounter

Seipasa, the Spanish company specialised in the development and formulation of biopesticides, biostimulants and fertilizers for agriculture has taken part in the International Phytoma Encounter on plant health in tomato growing. 

Around 500 experts came together at the Águilas Auditorium and Conference Centre in Murcia (Spain) to analyse the main risks and threats to this crop in relation to three issues: the emergence of new pests and diseases, global warming and the impact of the EU’s increasingly stringent regulatory framework. 

With these objectives in mind, the Encounter’s scientific programme presented almost 40 sessions, including technical papers and round table debates. In addition to Seipasa’s sponsorship of the event, Juan Manuel López, the company’s Head of Marketing, presented a paper entitled “New strategies, new solutions: a reality for the management of Tuta absoluta”. 

In his address to the audience, Mr López explained that “the current situation and trend in regulations towards limiting and/or prohibiting certain active substances due to their proven harmful effect on people and on the environment, together with the gradual emergence of new registered substances that replace previous ones, is causing a situation of imbalance in terms of the pests and diseases that affect different crops”. 

Seipasa’s Head of Marketing affirmed that the traditional model used to date, based mainly on active substances and chemically synthesized molecules, involving lengthy developments and research, proved to be highly effective in the first few years, focusing specifically on one single solution, however, as he went on to explain, “over the course of time adaptations and resistances start to appear, which means that these solutions eventually lose their value as effective tools”. 

In this context, Juan Manuel López highlighted that “the great value of Seipasa’s natural technology is that it provides insecticidal solutions with phytosanitary registration resulting from the experience obtained in different countries”. He went on to point out that the key to this is “to establish integrating strategies, taking an open approach to each problem and its environment”.