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A new gold nugget for the Idyl Groupe

The Idyl Groupe is expanding and announces the launch of its start-up – Maghreb Palm Biotechnologies.

This new company reflects Idyl Groupe’s desire to strengthen its specialist position in agricultural development.

Located near Agadir, Morocco, the Maghreb Palm Biotechnologies laboratory now provides certified vitro seedlings to the Moroccan and North African markets, to the Near and Middle East countries and the date producing countries in Asia.

Specialised in the organogenesis multiplication method, Maghreb Palm complies with all international technical requirements and guarantees the purity of the plants and their strong productivity potential.

The Maghreb Palm laboratory offers high agronomic and commercial potential varieties like Mejhoul, Boufegous, Bouzekri, Aziza and has full capacity to satisfy any other specific requirements.

In the best interest of its clients, Maghreb Palm has an “à la carte” service available to ensure the success of the project: structure of its new palm plantation, advice, follow up and technology transfer.

Maghreb Palm certified vitro-seedlings are top quality products that have not only an excellent phytosanitary status but also a high productive potential.

A new website – – created for producers and investors, presents the Maghreb Palm Biotechnologies activities and offers information on processing.

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Morocco’s tomato growers discover solution to PepMV

Biobetter Maroc, the Biobest Group company serving the Moroccan market with pollination and biocontrol solutions, has an agreement with DCM to distribute its PMV®-01 vaccine.

On April 20, Biobetter Maroc organised a well-attended seminar in Agadir to present PMV®-01, a vaccine against Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV).

With more than 120 participants, local growers and sector representatives demonstrated their strong interest in a solution against this virus that is wreaking havoc on their tomato crops.

In a press release, Biobest said crop losses are particularly high during winter, when success in export markets is crucial.

Biobetter Maroc, the Biobest Group company serving the Moroccan market with pollination and biocontrol solutions, entered into an agreement with DCM (known for its natural and organic-based fertilizers and other plant nutrition products) in 2014 to distribute its PMV®-01 vaccine.

Backed by DCM’s strong registration file and additional local trials, the product was officially registered in Morocco in 2015.

During the previous tomato season the product and its application strategy were commercially validated on 400 ha of commercial crop.

At the seminar, Dr. Inge Hanssen from DCM explained the scientific background to the Pepino mosaic virus and the mechanisms behind plant vaccination.

She also explained the typical symptoms and impact on the crop.

”A sampling program conducted in collaboration with Biobetter Maroc, demonstrated widespread presence of aggressive PepMV isolates. All isolates sampled in Morocco belonged to the Chilean strain (CH2),” Hanssen said.

The development of the PMV®-01 vaccine, field results in various countries and full details of the vaccination strategy, applied under Moroccan crop conditions were also presented, by Thijs De Langhe from DCM and Julien Mourrut-Salesse from Biobest, respectively

Biobetter Maroc general manager Karim Jerate said the tomato industry is an important sector of the Moroccan economy.

“We’re pleased to provide a solution that will give our local growers a competitive edge to sustain growth in export markets. The field experience obtained during this tomato season was totally convincing.

“The product nicely complements our existing product range in pollination and biological control. Our team is fully prepared to support the growers that wish to apply our solutions.

“With PMV®-01 we’re not just selling a product but we’re also supporting the implementation of a carefully designed vaccination strategy. We’re pleased with the many questions and interest received during the seminar and will now be dedicating ourselves to providing each grower with full details,” Jerate said.

See the video presentation illustrating the PMV®-01 vaccination strategy which was shown at the seminar: