BIOBESTicide (BIO-Based pESTicides production for sustainable agriculture management plan) is a
European project funded by the H2020 – BBI JU programme. With a consortium of 10 partners from
all over Europe and a duration of 3 years, the project will validate and demonstrate the production of
an effective and cost-efficient biopesticide. The demonstration will be based on an innovative bio-
based value chain starting from the valorisation of sustainable biomasses, i.e. beet pulp and sugar
molasses, and will exploit the properties of the oomycete Pythium oligandrum strain I-5180 to
increase natural plant defenses, to produce an highly effective and eco-friendly biopesticide solution
for vine plants protection.
BIOVITIS, the project coordinator, has developed, at laboratory level (TRL4), an effective method to
biocontrol one of the major causes of worldwide vineyards destruction, the Grapevine Trunk
Diseases (GTDs). The protection system is based on the oomycete Pythium oligandrum strain I-5180
that, applied at optimal time and concentration, colonises the root of vines and stimulates the
natural plant defences against GTDs, providing a protection that ranges between 40% and 60%.
BIOBESTicide project will respond to the increasing demand for innovative solutions for crop
protection agents, transferring the technology to a DEMO Plant able to produce more than 10 T of a
high-quality oomycete-based biopesticide product per year (TRL7).
The BIOBESTicide project will validate the efficiency of the formulated product on vineyards of
different geographical areas. To assure the safety of products under both health and environmental
points of view, a full and complete approval dossier for Pythium oligandrum strain I-5180 will be
submitted in all the European countries.