BASF Agricultural Specialities Limited
Established following BASF’s acquisition of Becker Underwood at the end of 2012, we produce industry leading biological pest control products formulated from beneficial nematodes as well as liquid rhizobium inoculants.
All of the products from Littlehampton are used in a wide range of agricultural, turf, ornamental and home and garden markets across the world.
The beneficial nematodes are used to control damaging insect pests and slugs. Key markets are protected ornamentals and home and garden.
The rhizobium inoculants are applied at planting to stimulate plant growth and enhance yields of key legume crops.
The speciality turf products enhance playing performance by improving environmental conditions to improve turf growth and quality.
Nematodes are naturally occurring microscopic worms, already present in the soil.
Benefical nematodes attack and kill targeted garden pests. After application, using a garden hose or watering can, they attack the larval stages of pests and slugs by entering natural body openings or by penetrating the pest cuticle directly. Once inside, they quickly kill the pest by releasing bacteria that stops it from feeding.
The nematodes reproduce inside the dead pest and release a new generation of hungry nematodes, which disperse to hunt down more pests.
Our research scientists have isolated individual species of beneficial nematodes that target only specific garden pests including slugs, vine weevils, chafer grubs, leatherjackets, caterpillars, and codling moth.
Our state of the art production facility in Littlehampton produces trillions of nematodes in a form that is easily applied by growers and gardeners.