The project was awarded the prize IQ-Clusterpreis Energie / Umwelt / Solarwirtschaft 2014


A related article can be found on the website of Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland:

biocare auszeichnung metropolregion mitteldeutschland

Article on the website of
TU Dresden:

TU Dresden

Development of technologies for the efficient production and application of environmentally sound, biological crop protection products in new beneficial insect containers

Project participants:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens-Peter Majscak
AG Verarbeitungsmaschinen und Verarbeitungstechnik
TU Dresden

SLZ Maschinenbau GmbH
Matthias Zundel
63457 Hanau

Project supported by:

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages


01.10.2012 – 31.12.2014

Ichneumonidae Trichogramma showed us a long time ago and with great success its usefulness as an alternative solution to chemical agents used to combat the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis).  The eggs of the Trichogramma have to be distributed in the field in rain and predators proof packages until hatching.  Up until now this was done by hand by encasing them in cellulose capsules (100 capsules/ha).  This constituted a costly and time consuming solution for the manufacturer and did not represent an acceptable alternative for large agricultural companies.  In order to allow for a large-scale application of the beneficial organisms, automated production lines and distribution equipment were developed within this research project.  With the help of an innovative deep-draw procedure for cartons it is possible to produce, at an affordable cost, encasing for beneficial organisms for large quantities (> 2.000 ha/day).  For the application of the capsules in the fields an easy to use ball thrower was developed, which, when coupled with a stilt tractor, ensures effective spreading of the capsules (> 800 ha/day).