Can we produce natural crop protection solutions which do not affect bees or other beneficial insects and improve safety for farmers and growers?

Through our investment in Vestaron, we’re enabling sustainable and natural crop protection solutions which are helping to protect yields, enabling producers to thrive, enhancing the safety of farmers as well as reducing the impact on the environment. 

Founded in 2005, Vestaron develops next generation crop protection products from peptides – naturally occurring proteins – delivering selective effective biological control of pests for use on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and high-value field crops. Crop protection is a vital part of global agricultural production and is responsible for approximately 40% of yields. 

Unlike traditional synthetic products, Vestaron’s do not affect bees or other beneficial insects and degrade into amino acids which are harmless to the environment, fish and mammals, helping to reduce pollution. Vestaron's products’ industry leading safety enables farm workers and growers to be able to return to the field to tend to their plants or harvest crops more quickly than compared with traditional crop protection treatments. 

Through its proprietary discovery process and technology platform and leveraging a yeast-based fermentation manufacturing process, Vestaron is able to develop peptides which have the effectiveness of synthetics at a fraction of the cost and time to produce.

Vestaron’s products are in use across America, Mexico and Canada, available through a growing number of leading distributors, and the business began seeking EU regulatory approval earlier this year.  

In 2024, Vestaron’s bioinsecticide SPEAR® LEP was authorised for farmer use by the Greek and Italian authorities to help tackle devastating infestations of tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta) — a pest causing significant and costly yield losses in Europe. The product has been submitted to the European Commission for full approval across the European Union.

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Monty Bayer

Managing Partner, Grosvenor Food & AgTech

+1 559 515 3545

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