The Pherobank lab which develops pheromones with which to trap harmful insects has broken off from Plant Research International. Researchers Frans Griepink and Henk Swarts will direct the new company, Pherobank bv. The business cards are ready.
Pherobank has developed lures for as many as 200 insect species. These are dispatched in dispensers which release the aromas slowly. So the services provided by Griepink and Swarts reach many corners of the globe. ‘We are good at difficult pheromones and have very few competitors in this area. The combination of organic chemistry and entomology is pretty unique in the world.'
Wageningen UR's StartLife Foundation has provided the new company with advice and a loan. Arrangements have also been made for Pherobank to take over the expensive analysis equipment at the lab. Pherobank will remain in Radix for the time being, but will be moving in due course to cheaper and more spacious premises.