Renato Ripa and the Multifunctional Landscapes in Chile

€œOperation Pollinator is an initiative that was developed in the context of the commitment acquired by Syngenta in support to the biodiversity of the planet€

The Doctor and Entomologist, Renato Ripa, emphasized the successful alliance between Syngenta and BIOCEA that the development of a program will allow that will be a contribution and referring in innovation to global level in the matter of biodiversity and viability of the planet.

The work of Renato Ripa next to the Center of Applied Entomology BIOCEA, has been transcendental for the industry, is for that reason that this work of collaboration between Syngenta and the Center of Applied Entomology, BIOCEA, allowed to develop €œOperation Pollinator€, project that is strategic for the development of the works that Syngenta realises in Chile and the world.

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Renato Ripa emphasizes as one of the strategic partners that he works next to the equipment of Syngenta in €œOperation Pollinator€ in Chile, is Engineer Agronomist of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, (PUCV) and Doctor in Entomology of University Imperial College of London. Thus he is as it emphasizes it as an ambitious plan, but that will have great fruits in the care of the biodiversity.

In June of this year both parts decided to renew the bond, to develop the following phase of the project, thus to continue harvesting the fruits of the €œOperation Pollinator€ in Chile. The successful results were set out in €œ8ta version of the Apicultural Symposium the International€, that realised between 12 and 14 of August of 2016, in center Cultural Mapocho Station, in Santiago, Chile.

According to Renato Ripa €œOperation Pollinator€ explains was developed in the context of the commitment acquired by Syngenta of support to the biodiversity in the planet. This project tries to stimulate and to give tools to the farmers so that they increase the biodiversity in his estates, by means of sowings of flowers that attract and sustain native and introduced pollenizers.

€œOperation Pollinator€ includes a study of the technical feasibility to realise these sowings of mel­feras plants in the central zone of the country, the approximated cost to seed these mel­feras plants and of the impact that they have on the biodiversity of beneficial insects (pollenizers and predators of plagues) and of possible plagues.

photo 2€œDuring the first year, it was managed to establish small parcels of test, with mixtures of species of plants with mel­feras flowers in six located different estates between the V and I SAW region of the country. For it, in the first place the methodology of establishment and more appropriate lack ferocity for the mix of flowers was determined. Secondly the approximated cost of the establishment and maintenance of the mix of flowers calculated. Thirdly one identified those species of more attractive plants for polinizadoras species and of prolonged flowering more, proposing two mix of flowers, constituted by plants of complementary flowering and high attraction for pollenizers. Finally the biodiversity of species of insects was determined pollenizers, natural enemies of plagues and plagues that visited the mix of flowers. At the moment the taxonomic classification of the species is being realised that visited the mix, since some species of flowers were not attractive for insects pollenizers. Meaning that some species of flowers of short period of flowering would not significantly contribute to the supply of pollen and nectar. One either did not detect levels of insects that could be considered as plagues in the mix realised in the project.

Second stage:

The second stage considers the transference of the results to farmers and this way of stimulating the use of the mix in agricultural estates. In addition the impact of the mix of flowers in the agricultural margins of orchards will be determined. In first instance we are going to write up a manual of recommendations directed to the farmer to seed and to maintain mix of flowers in its orchards. The effect of the mix of flowers in the abundance and biodiversity of insects will be determined pollenizers in agricultural orchards, and the results in technical magazines will be published.

Consulted on the estimations that have for this second part and which are their possible conclusions, Ripa it added: €œThe supply of pollen and nectar to the native pollenizers at times is increased at which there is shortage of these resources in the central zone of the country, offering a flowering extended in the mix of flowers. Before this, the farmers are very inclined the establishment of the parcels considering the contribution that realise to the biodiversity and improving the image of the estate in terms of their contribution to viability. The mix of flowers also offer a resource to natural enemies, s­rfidos, coccin©lidos and especially parasitoides, contributing to food and refuge. The farmers will learn the transferred techniques and will implement mix of flowers in their orchards€.

€œOperation Pollinator€ must by objective maintain the biodiversity in fields of cultures by means of the use of patches or floral edges, where the increase of population of the pollenizers and the wild life is promoted, which activates a more efficient and viable production. He is immersed in €œThe Good Growth Plan€, commitment of Syngenta to make a mensurable contribution to the planet from 2014 to the 2020. This contribution is based on the ambition of Syngenta to secure a greater food safety of environmentally sustainable form to a population in growth, through a global impulse to the agricultural productivity.