Pioneering Biological Alternatives


Plant protection by elicitors

Research, development and production of biological alternatives

FytoFend S.A. is an innovative spin off from the Research Unit in Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology (URBV) of the University of Namur. The company was created in 2009 and is specialized in plant protection by elicitors (natural stimulators of plants defenses).
Fytofend - Pioneering Biological Alternatives
Fytofend - missions



The missions of FytoFend are the research, development and production of biological alternatives for plant protection

FytoFend develops biological elicitors (natural stimulators of plant defenses) against a range of diseases among which:

  • Powdery mildew on grape

    Erisyphe necator
  • Downy mildew on grape

    Plasmopara viticola
  • Powdery mildew on cucurbits

    Sphaerotheca fuliginea
  • Powdery mildew on solanaceae

    Leveillula taurica
  • Powdery mildew on strawberry

    Sphaerotheca macularis
  • Powdery mildew on roses

    Sphaerotheca pannosa var. Rosae
  • Pyricularia on rice (rice blast)

    Pyricularia oryzae

    Mycosphaerella fijiensis


World agriculture relies heavily on chemicals for crop growth and protection.

Current problems encountered by conventional pesticides concern on one hand their efficacy which is regularly broken down by rapidly evolving pathogens. On the other hand, several active substances present up to now in classical pesticides have negative toxicological profiles for both humans and the environment.

Agriculture also faces many challenges. One of them will be to provide food for 9 billion people by 2050, while arable land and the number of farmers are constantly decreasing. In addition, environment protection now appears fundamental. As such, a large number of chemicals will disappear. In other words, it's about producing more and better with less.

Fytofend - Pioneering Biological Alternatives
Fytofend - Pioneering Biological Alternatives

Development of alternatives

With its recognized scientific and technical know-how, FytoFend SA develops solutions for the agriculture of tomorrow. Its flagship product FytoSave®, alternative to or complementary to chemical molecules, preventively stimulates the natural defenses of plants and makes crops more resistant to pathogen attack. Derived from two natural molecules (pectin and chitosan), widely present in the human diet, the patented active substance consists of an oligosaccharide complex (COS-OGA). Not only its mode of action (crop protection by stimulation of natural defenses) but also its manufacturing process (designed in terms of durability) make FytoSave® the ideal solution to support ecologically intensive agriculture.