We are very pleased to welcome Dragonfli as returning PlantNetwork supporters for 2022. Dragonfli provides specialist advice and products for the biological pest control of insect pests. Products include beneficial insects, nematodes, trapping systems and bio stimulants.
Dragonfli were bought by Koppert in the autumn of 2021. This exciting development gives Dragonfli access to the knowledge and product range of the worlds leading producer of beneficial insects. Dragonfli founder, Julian Ives, stays in the business and is excited about the potential this brings for new solutions to an ever-increasing range of insect pest threats.
Julian Ives, MD of Dragonfli, has worked in horticulture since his career started as a trainee gardener at the RHS Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate. He studied commercial horticulture at Writtle Agricultural College before joining a horticultural sundries company as a technical sales representative.
After gaining a valuable insight into the supply needs of commercial growers, Julian left to join the pioneering biological control company: Koppert Biological systems. For over ten years he advised growers on the use of beneficial insects (natural enemies of plant pests such as parasitic wasps and predatory mites) and pollinators before moving into management of the UK branch of Koppert.
Julian then decided to take his knowledge of biological control into the consumer sector, co-founding Just Green, a mail order company supplying natural pest control products before moving on to form Julian Ives Consultancy and now Dragonfli Ltd. Returning to the Koppert fold in 2021 represents new opportunities for Dragonfli to develop new solutions for pest control.
We look forward to working with Julian and you will have the opportunity to hear about his work and see some of the Dragonfli products at one of our events or webinars.
In the meantime have a look at Dragonfli’s website