The Osborne Group with its subsidiaries in the wine (Osborne Distribuidora, S.A.) and Iberian pork products divisions (Sánchez Romero Carvajal Jabugo S.A.) is leading a project coordinated by TRICHODEX, involving the participation of the University of Huelva and its agroforestry science department, to look for solutions to promote the protection and conservation of the vine and the holm oak tree. The project, which is named I+D BIOVIDEN, seeks to develop Bioformulas for products of great social interest. It was subsidized by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) within the framework of the FEDER project, which is interconnected with and supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. It obtained one of the ten highest scores of the sixty selected, and the more than 1,000 that were presented.This line of CDTI drives regional development in R +D through business consortia.

The project foresees an investment of 1.2 million euros and has the objective of developing new technologies based on microorganisms, which favour the conservation of the vine and productive woody plants that are found in "dehesa" woodlands, plants that are the basis of business operations by participating companies in the Osborne Group.They will investigate the benefits of the use of microorganisms like Rhizobacteria, promoters of vegetal growth and control agents, as a solution to protect woodland and vineyards from the threat of wood fungus and as a way to improve biostimulation of crops.

Both the vineyard and the dehesaare productive ecosystems of great ecological value.As well as their economic function, they protect and increase the diversity of flora and fauna and fulfil a role in protecting the soil. The search for environmentally-friendly solutions with an agroecological focus is a continued commitment of both the Osborne Group and the TRICHODEX company, in line with European Union Directives and growing consumer awareness.