Golf course superintendents struggle to manage nematodes and other soil pests and pathogens that create brown and bare spots or otherwise wreck havoc on turf. Greens and tee boxes are where infestation is most evident and most important to control. Obviously chemicals are the primary method of control but risk to labor or the watershed from their use (and potential for overuse) are major concerns. Superintendents and course managers are focused more and more on reducing chemical use so an effective alternative will be welcomed. The turf on golf greens and tees is well suited for the DES and our pin treatment device thanks to shallow, dense root matter and no crop or infrastructure to navigate. The treatment can be applied across the open surface with ease quickly treating the affected areas of an entire course in a day. Following validation of our greenhouse trials Lisi Global will deploy it's proprietary continuous treatment device to begin generating revenue and refining it's treatment capabilities in this high-value industry.
Small Berry Fruit & Nut Trees
Golf turf is an obvious target industry for its ease of access, need and value. Other high-value commodities with nematode issues are small berry fruits (raspberries, blueberries, etc.) and nut trees. As long-established crops, these applications will require designing apparatus to treat around existing infrastructure which adds a layer of complexity but these industries have no alternative. In the case of red raspberries, growers see peak yield in seasons three and four after which nematode populations cause steady declines in production. Typically, a planting will remain economically viable for six seasons at which point the canes are ripped out and replanted, a costly solution considering they lose nearly two seasons of yield. As the company generates revenue and builds a reputation among golf course superintendents in North America, our R&D efforts will focus on these commodities for validation and deployment.