The Nomisma Research into Innovative Pest control was Presented at the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair

European farmers can avoid billions of euros of losses by protecting their crops with innovative products such as those containing Isoclast™ active, a new study has found.

Presented at the Fruit Logistica fresh produce trade show in Berlin, the research by the Nomisma independent consulting group showed that crops worth €129bn on 54.1 million hectares, or 31% of Europe’s total agricultural area, could benefit from the use of the product.

The study was commissioned by Corteva Agriscience to explore the economic benefits of using the breakthrough insecticide against insect pests in apple, peach, tomato and potato. It is commercially available as Closer™ insecticide.

It estimated that failure to use these new products could result in millions of euros of lost production value in 2020, including:

  • An 18% decrease for dessert apples (range -12%/-24%) amounting to more than €1billion losses
  • A 34% decrease for peaches (range -28%/-41%), amounting to €1.2billion losses
  • A 33% decrease for greenhouse tomatoes (range -27%/-40%), amounting to €1.6billion losses
  • A 10% decrease for potatoes (range -7%/-14%), amounting to €1.3billion losses

“We are proud to present our solutions to Fruit Logistica visitors,” said Sonia Cavanna, Corteva Agriscience Global Food Chain Technical Expert and European Food Chain Leader. “By sharing our expertise and collaborating with value chain players, we help farmers enhance profitability, retailers and food industries secure a safe and reliable supply of crops and support consumer interests by empowering choice.

“This study was commissioned to understand the potential of this innovative product, as part of our efforts to foster the environmental and economic sustainability of key crops in European agriculture. As a global leader in the sector, we are committed to supporting farmers in tackling emergencies arising from new pests and climate change while ensuring a profitable yield, and to meeting consumer demand for more sustainable food.”

Ersilia Di Tullio, Project Leader at Nomisma, adds: “We selected the key producer countries for each crop, with the presence of main sap-feeding pests controlled by Isoclast (aphids, scales and whiteflies) estimated at country level over the medium term (2022). We also took into account the presence of viruses vectored by these pests, if causing relevant damage.

“We then simulated the impact scenario for the commercial production of each crop by 2022, showing the effects of reduced efficacy of the protection portfolio, without the entry of new insecticides like Isoclast into the market. The data shows that new generation insecticide molecules, delivering high efficacy and low footprint, are fundamental for the protection of the key crops analyzed.”

About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

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About Nomisma

Nomisma is an independent company based in Bologna (Italy) that carries out economic research and consulting for businesses, associations and public administrations at national and international levels.

Experience, methods, capacity to interpret phenomena, innovation: these are the values that Nomisma offers to its clients with the objective of providing concrete support to knowledge and decision-making processes.

Today Nomisma is active in many fields of the economy – real estate assessments, urban regeneration, agriculture and food economics, territorial economics, social economy, technical assistance – offering its services to the public sector, private companies, banking groups and associations.

Strong experience in implementing permanent Observatories allows Nomisma to represent a reference point for the production of original economic data and for the interpretation of current and prospective economic phenomena.

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