Christian: Crops and fruit trees ecological pest management tries to avoid the damage caused by agrochemicals using organic products based on mineral broths, traps, pheromones or even microorganisms like entomopathogenic or microparasitic fungi, and beneficial bacteria. These more environmentally and soil friendly products are prepared and used at the PROBIOMA-PROBIOTEC site at San Luís – approximately 55 kilometers from Santa Cruz de la Sierra – under the names of “Probiobass”, “Tricodamp”, “Biosulfocal”, “Biofrut”, “Biogal” (Figure 2).
Dora: Agroecological farming is based on the ecological management of crops, fruit trees, fruit and forest trees seedlings. It aims to produce high quality food, restore farm and forest biodiversity, respect the natural environment and preserve soil fertility. One of its main strategies is to avoid soil deterioration through crop rotation and use organic fertilizers and plant protection products. At the PROBIOMA-PROBIOTEC production site, we learned to apply “Biogal”, an organic foliar fertilizer, “Biosulfocal”, an acaricide and fungicide that respects beneficial biodiversity, and Trichoderma spp., a mycoparasite that protects against fungal diseases. All these organic products are key for agroecological substrate preparation and seed treatment. They help making agriculture sustainable in the long term, contribute to biodiversity conservation and support true sustainable rural development.