Monthly Archives - July 2016

Forest pests trial

New biochemical pest control trials in Welsh forests Ground-breaking new biochemical control agents which could help cut the cost of pest control in UK forests are being trialled out on the uplands of Wales in one of the most comprehensive scientific studies to date. Swansea University spin-out business, Bionema, is developing new products which are already proving to increase kill rates of damaging insects in the laboratory. And now the West Wales based innovator, working with Natural Resources Wales, is carrying...

Life sciences innovation showcase – Cardiff

Leading south Wales bio-pesticide company showcases latest in natural food crop protection Swansea University bio-pesticide spin-out business, Bionema, is linking up with 30 other ground breaking businesses to showcase its latest work on maximising yields from food crops using natural pest protection as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation. The Swansea based innovator is taking part in the Life Sciences Hub Wales Innovation Showcase at The Chris McGuigan Hub, Cardiff, on Thursday 23 June, organised as part of the Wales Festival...

Vine weevil summit

Fighting the world's 'number one crop pest' naturally - it's all about attention to detail New biochemical control agents can play a key role in combatting rapidly growing vine weevil populations, which cause more than £40 million damage to UK horticultural industry, as resistance to traditional chemical pesticides increases. "But the key to the success of these natural biopesticides is in attention to detail, " Dr Minshad Ansari, of Swansea University spin-out business, Bionema, told delegates at the 'Emergency vine weevil...

New research highlights need for careful planning to maximise effectiveness of bio-chemical crop protection

The latest research by Swansea University spin-out business, Bionema, a high-tech biochemicals business, has found that crop growers across the UK and beyond could be failing to maximise the potential of natural crop protection. Speaking at the Biopesticides Europe conference in Barcelona earlier this month, Bionema founder and managing director Dr Minshad Ansari told delegates that the company had found disturbing results following tests on commercial nematodes, an animal phylum used as an environmentally friendly method of pest control. [/fusion_text][fusion_testimonials design="classic"...