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Nanotechnology and bio-nanotechnology for table grapes

Peru Spanish

For grape growers it is a challenge to produce in greater quantity with quality and without residues. Due to climate change, the pressure of pests and weeds that are increasingly resistant and uncontrollable increases. Agriculture is looking to reinvent itself and is adopting new technologies to be more competitive. Among the new sciences that are revolutionizing the industry is Nanotechnology and Bio-nanotechnology, which are relatively new multidisciplinary areas that integrate elements of the biological sciences. These technologies are revolutionizing agricultural production in different parts of the world. One of the leading companies in the world, in the research and production of agricultural inputs in this field is GEOLIFE from India, with whom CAPEAGRO has formed a strategic alliance to market its products under the GREENPOWER line, which has more than 30 products among which there are plant nutri-protectors, plant stimulants, organic fertilizers and enhancers, among others, all developed under this technology.

Nanotechnology can help the Peruvian grape growers to improve their harvest, reduce costs and eliminate the risk of chemical residues. They can even obtain organic grape production with the same production volumes per hectare as conventional grapes, thanks to Sanskar nanofertilizers from CAPEAGRO.

One of the main problems of table grapes in Peru is powdery mildew. The BIOSTOP nano-plant protector from CAPEAGRO is a clean and efficient alternative, since the plant can generate defense mechanisms that can control up to 70% of the attack of the pathogen. Biostop is a product for the plant to control any type of fungus, whether it is foliar, vascular or radicular. It contains nano-particles of different natural elements, such as calcium imethylfolate that activates the SAR (system of acquired resistance, which is one of the defense mechanisms of plants). Likewise it does not leave residues, it does not stain and can be applied at any phenological stage of the crop.

In addition, Efersil is a product that contains nanoparticles of orthosilicic acid, which is the only way in which the plant can assimilate silicon. It forms a barrier in the cuticle of leaves and fruits; in this way, it prevents different types of leaf fungi from entering. Likewise, it hinders the eating habits of biting insects, miners and chewers. An essay with Efersil in Piura, showed that it can be intercalated in a program of applications of fungicides, managing to reduce the number of applications and therefore the costs and risks of residues at the end of the harvest.