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Buzz pollination
A look into Koppert's services that work in
conjunction with honeybees to maximize efforts BY DEBBIE EISELE
n the sprawling orchards of almond groves and
amidst the blossoming cherry and apple trees,
pollination is not just a natural process, but a
carefully orchestrated part of successful crop production.
Koppert Biological Systems, an agricultural crop
protection and natural pollination supplier, utilizes
natural enemies to combat pests, bumblebees for
pollination and microbials and biostimulants to support,
protect and strengthen crops. Its focus is on sustainable
approaches to help growers overcome challenges.
In recent years, Koppert has worked with almond
growers along the West Coast, offering specialized
pollination services tailored to the unique needs of each
orchard. I recently met with Olivia Lake, technical sales
consultant specializing in outdoor agriculture pollination
and IPM for Koppert. She graduated from Purdue
University with a degree in agronomy and after working
in horticulture as a greenhouse grower, decided to join
Koppert's team.
She shared some insights into Koppert's services and
also what she enjoys about her role.
Tell us about Koppert and your history?
Olivia Lake (OL): At Koppert we believe the answers
to sustainable agriculture lie within nature itself. We
partner with nature to help our planet find its balance -
using natural enemies to combat pests, bumblebees for
pollination, microbials and biostimulants that support,
protect and strengthen crops.
We were founded in 1967 by Jan Koppert, a Dutch
grower with a clear vision; the world needed an
alternative for chemical pesticides.
A clear goal we can't complete on our own. That's
why we team up with growers, partners, universities,
research stations and governmental bodies worldwide.
Together we contribute to the better health of people
and the planet.
What pollination services do you provide?
OL: We work with many crops from cucurbits, berries
and vegetables to orchard crops such as almond, cherry
and apple. In almonds, we have launched an outdoor
native yellow faced bumblebee pollination service.

March/April 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2024

Editor's Letter
The blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California
Tree nut outlook for 2024
From the top
Water stress
Buzz pollination
Hazelnut crop concerns
Almond Board of California
Ad Index
March/April 2024 - 1
March/April 2024 - 2
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March/April 2024 - Editor's Letter
March/April 2024 - 5
March/April 2024 - The blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California
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March/April 2024 - Tree nut outlook for 2024
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March/April 2024 - From the top
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March/April 2024 - Water stress
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March/April 2024 - Buzz pollination
March/April 2024 - 21
March/April 2024 - Hazelnut crop concerns
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March/April 2024 - Business
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March/April 2024 - Almond Board of California
March/April 2024 - Events
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