Agrobiomics is an agricultural biotech company focused on research, development and commercialization of natural product solutions to prevent against trunk diseases in fruit and nut tree crops.
The first commercially available patent-pending pruning wound sealant certified for use in organic production in accordance with the USDA National Organic Standards to prevent against trunk diseases.
From Bees to Trees
Agrobiomics developed its first product keeping in mind the harmonious balance of nature.
Bees are essential players in the pollination process of many fruit and nut tree crops. One of the main byproducts of the worker bees is the beeswax used to build the honeycomb. Beeswax possesses hydrophobic and antimicrobial properties that naturally protect crops.
Unlike any other pruning wound sealant solutions, Agrobiomics uses a unique formulation of beeswax and JMS stylet oil to create an active coating on pruning wound surfaces that sticks even under rainy weather while providing antimicrobial activity for control of trunk diseases.
CropSeal 2.0 is water resistant, antimicrobial and certified for use in organic production.
The technology was developed at the University of California, Riverside by Dr. Philippe Rolshausen who has 20 years of experience in trunk diseases in grapevines and fruit and nut tree crops.
Fruit and nut tree trunk diseases are some of the most destructive diseases of vineyards and orchards worldwide. Trees are most susceptible after pruning when the open wound is exposed to the environment and becomes infected by disease-causing fungi. These pathogens colonize the plant vascular system, causing wood canker and die-back.
Symptoms of these diseases include dead spurs, arms, and cordons and eventual vine death due to canker formation in the vascular tissue.
As cankers develop, yield reductions occur due to the loss of productive wood. The impact of grapevine wood diseases can be significant in older vineyards, and usually becomes more severe as vineyards become older.
Affected vineyards suffer significant economic losses due to reduced productivity and longevity, decreasing yield by up to 50% in 15 year-old vineyards and more in older vineyards as seen on the graph below.
Protecting vines with CropSeal can prevent this yield loss, expand vineyard longevity and create significant long-term cost-savings. For example savings can be up to $20,000 per acre in 15 year-old vineyards; considering a price of $5,000 per ton with an average yield of 8 tons per acre (USDA NASS Data,THE SOLUTION California Fruit and Nut Review 2012).