Biological control (biocontrol) agents are "pesticides" that utilize natural creatures such as insects that prey on microorganisms and harmful insects. In order to contribute to the production of safe and reliable agricultural products, we started microbial research in the development of petroleum proteins in the 1960s. In the 1990s, we began research on applying microorganisms to the agricultural field, which led to the development and sales of agricultural biomaterials that use VA mycorrhizal fungi and Bacillus bacteria (for example bacteria in natto) found in nature. Then, in 2005, we established the Agri-Bio Business Department and made a full-scale entry into the agricultural field.
In May 2020, we introduced Swirmite to the market. It is a biocontrol agent that uses natural enemies (Swirski mites) that prey on insect pests such as thrips and whiteflies that pose agricultural problems.
When these agents are directly spread on vegetable seedlings (eggplants and peppers), the natural enemies attach themselves to the flowers and leaves and control pests throughout the growing season. Compared to the conventional pesticides that needs to be diluted with water (100 to 300 liters per 10a), Swirmite only needs to be sprinkled directly on plants in the early growing season. Therefore, time and effort required spraying pesticide can be reduced. In addition, these agents are harmless, so the worker's safety is highly guaranteed. They are also effective against chemical-resistant insect pests that are difficult to control. Swirmite is a biocontrol agent that is safe for the environment and humans.
In order to encourage children to have interest in food safety by knowing better about biopesticides, we have launched a picture book.