What we do

BIOTEK Agriculture offers a number of services including:

Efficacy studies

Since 1996 BIOTEK Agriculture has been Certified for Good Experimental Practice (GEP) and has an experienced and efficient team to establish and monitor trials in all the main agricultural regions. BIOTEK Agriculture offers scientific and agricultural expertise in managing all selectivity and efficacy trials on all crops and against all types of weeds, pests or diseases

Residue studies

Before being placed on the market, plant protection products are the subject of thorough studies aimed at measuring possible residue levels in crops and soil. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) compliant since 1994, BIOTEK Agriculture offers expertise in conducting residue (HS, DCS, RDCS) and soil dissipation studies . Complying with GLP, field stations and facilities guarantee appropriate northern and southern locations for advancing and managing customer’s projects. BIOTEK Agriculture has experience on all crops including arable, orchard, horticultural, fruit and vine. and is able to conduct studies from field to laboratory, customising services to meet customer’s needs,

Seed studies

For many years now, companies have specialized in the selection and production of seeds that fit the food value requirements (or industrial crop needs) and adapt more readily to the environment. BIOTEK Agriculture tests all  pre-registration cultivars in all the main production regions. Its expertise and specialized equipment guarantees attention to detail from the sowing to harvest.

Demonstration sites

BIOTEK Agriculture’s agronomists and technicians can utilize specialised equipment to establish demonstration sites “tailor-made” for customer’s specific requirements of size, labelling, and technical support.

Agri-food Processing

BIOTEK Agriculture has its own processing laboratories, and a network of 12 experimental units and is able to offer you a complete range of food processing trials services. These processes are essential for studying the non-intentional effects of plant protection products or to carry out “residues profiles” during the development of finished products. Various process procedures can be implemented – from the making of preserves and jams, and the production of wine, cider, beer and bread – to dry products and baby food. The techniques used are possible by incorporating existing methods which replicate industrial techniques. In addition, BIOTEK Agriculture can offer  taint tests (triangular tests) on raw food and/or finished products.  

Agri-food processing studies

  • Grapes: red, white, rose wines, sparkling wines, thermovinification, grape juice, raisins.
  • Potatoes: crisps, French fries, puree, cooked potatoes (water, baked, steamed, micro-waved).
  • Fruits vegetables (tomato, pepper): juice, can, puree, ketchup, paste, dried tomatoes.
  • Cabbage: cooked cabbage, sauerkraut.
  • Root vegetables (carrot, beet): juice, can, cooked carrots and puree.
  • Bulb vegetables (onion, garlic): dried vegetables.
  • Pip fruit: juice, baby juice, purée, baby puree, jam, syrup, dried fruits, can and cider.
  • Little stone fruits (cherry): juice, baby juice, puree, baby puree, jam, syrup, dried fruits, can.
  • Large stone fruits (plum, peach): juice, baby juice, puree, baby purée, jam, syrup, candied fruits, prunes.
  • Tropical fruits (banana, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, guava, mango): juice, dried fruits, syrup.
  • Citrus (orange, lemon): juice, marmalade, jam, dried fruits, can, essential oils.
  • Tobacco: dried, fermented.
  • Hop: beer.
  • Barley: beer, malt.
  • Wheat: bread, white flour, bran.
  • Fresh legume vegetables: can, cooked vegetables.
  • Aromatic herbs: dried herbs.
  • Mushrooms: dried, mushrooms can.

Adverse effects on food processing and organoleptic qualities (GEP)

  • Wine (CEB methods n°143, OEPP 1/268, German BBA 22-9).
  • Wheat, bread-making (CEB method 218).
  • Apple (CEB method 219).
  • Potatoes (CEB method 231).

Fruits or fresh or processed vegetables according to EOPP method 1/24

Registration services

The registration of plant protection products in the EU follows the process laid down in the Regulation (EC) No.1107/2009  and came into force in June 2011.  The aim of the Directive is to harmonise the registration of plant protection products across the EU, as well as introducing some new requirements. Many important changes were introduced in this new regulation, with perhaps the most important one being the introduction of the zonal system with mutual recognition, hazard based criteria, assessment of cumulative and synergistic effects, comparative assessment and endocrine disruption.

Representation:
BIOTEK Agriculture can provide services to clients wishing to gain authorization for PPP and yield enhancing products. It can act on behalf of the applicants and authorization holders, during and after the whole authorization process, by following the registration process and remaining in constant contact with authorities at a national level. In addition they can undertake administration work for national and zonal registration of PPP including application and any amendments.

Dossier preparation:
Preparing Annex III authorization dossiers in accordance to the rules and requirements necessary for registration or the re-registration (Step 2) of PPP. Submission of the complete and summary dossier for each point of the data requirements of products.
A product registration dossier should include:
–  Physical chemical properties,
–  Validated methods of analysis,
–  Acute toxicology studies and human risk assessment,
–  Environmental fate and behaviour data with predicted environmental concentrations,
–  Ecotoxicology studies and environmental risk assessment,
–  Efficacy and selectivity trials,
–  Classification and labelling.

Monitoring activity:
Long term co-operation and relationships with respected laboratories and institutions allows the organization of the necessary tests and studies for registration of PPP. These are monitored closely until the end of the studies.
In particular these include: efficacy and residue studies throughout Europe, which are conducted within the BIOTEK Agriculture group.
BIOTEK Agriculture’s specialty is its agri-food processing capability, which offers the client a complete range of food, wine, bread and beer processing studies.

Study assessment:
Conducting the assessment of tests and studies to ensure they are in accordance to EU regulatory evaluation procedures and assessment methods, including relevant guidelines and EC Directives in the field of: identification of the PPP, identity of the manufacturer and applicant for authorization, physical-chemical properties, analytical methods, toxicology, residue in plant, fate and behaviour in the environment, ecotoxicology and efficacy.

Global project management 

BIOTEK Agriculture can manage and coordinate GLP, GEP and seed studies throughout key agriculture countries using its dedicated and experienced study staff.

We will prepare a multi-site study quotation, draft protocols and study plans, arrange product shipments, drillings, applications, assessments, samplings, harvests, sample shipments, and residue analysis, and then prepare final reports.

In order to ensure that studies are GLP compliant,  our own Quality Assurance staff will conduct inspections throughout the studies.

Regardless of the number or location of the trials, our global network will manage customer studies in a timely and confidential manner so that your products can reach the market as soon as possible

Quality assurance

Agricultural and agri-food production requires constant system checks to increase production. For the last 20 years, BIOTEK Agriculture has been committed to  control its study methods and procedures.

Along with the experience gained in developing GLP and GEP procedures, BIOTEK Agriculture’s rigorous application and investigations ensure that you obtain optimum quality control required for your studies.

Our QA audits include:

  • Documentation audits;
  • Critical phase audits (field, agri-food processing);

Test facility audits (field, analytical laboratory, agri-food processing laboratory)

Environment

BIOTEK Agriculture is fully committed to managing all its activities in an environmentally friendly way in order to promote sustainable agricultural development. We have already taken steps to address the concerns of the GRENELLE Environment Forum and the issues relating to climate change.

BIOTEK Agriculture is actively:

  • Optimizing and building different energy-saving management services;
  • Reducing the extortion of valuable resources (water, energy, products and various consumables);
  • Limiting the amount of waste products and determining their values.

Our goal is to minimize any negative impact on the environment at all stages of a plant’s life cycle while conserving the soil and guaranteeing that tests are carried out responsibly to produce safe and superior quality food.

Laboratory services

Laboratory for diagnosis on root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne sp.), disease inoculation service and growing chamber trials.

Analysis provided
Diagnosis on root knot nematodes. Meloidogyne sp. is one of the most destructive nematodes and the cause of yield loss in many different crops worldwide. 

More than 10% of the world agricultural production is destroyed by phytoparasitic nematodes. These microscopic organisms have a very large economic impact on crops due to the reduction of quantity and quality. In order to improve yields, it is necessary to produce good diagnosis results and progress to finding a good control of this pest, using technologies which have no negative impact on the environment.

Phytoparasitic nematodes are characterized by the presence of a stylet that is used for the penetration of the host plant tissue. Most species attack the roots and other underground parts of plants, but some are able to feed on leaves and flowers.

Diagnosis is important to: Identify the nematode type, estimate the population and make decisions.
Diagnosis includes: evaluating the nematic charge and identifying the genus of the main phytoparasitic nematodes.


Disease inoculum service
BIOTEK Agriculture Italy can obtain inoculum of the most common plant diseases in European agriculture, so it can artificially inoculate fungicide efficacy trials on crops and seeds.

Inoculum can also be provided for in-house trials and seed treatment trials.

Growing chamber trials 
Trials under controlled environmental conditions can obtain accurate supporting data of the efficacy of experimental products. Temperature, humidity and light are controlled in growing chambers to simulate perfect conditions for plant growing and pest/disease development. Growing chamber trials can be undertaken for the development of plant protection products and provide accurate data on products efficacy.