Author - Minshad Ansari

Biopesticide Registration | Difficulties and Challenges within the Industry

Biopesticides are becoming more and more a major part of our daily lives, but they’re not necessarily getting easier or cheaper to register. In fact, most people don’t realize that it takes an average of 5-10 years and £3-5 million in the EU compare to $300-400k registration and regulatory fee in the US. So, how hard is it to obtain biopesticide registration for your new product? SMEs are struggling to register biocontrol products due to an expensive and overly complex regulatory...

The environmental challenges arising from chemical pesticide over-use

During the 20th century, a focus on feeding our rapidly expanding global population led farmers across the world to adopt aggressive agricultural practices – heavy machinery, monocultures and increasing volumes of chemical pesticides. However, as these practices moved further and further away from nature, there were inevitable consequences on our soils, our air and our water supplies. The environmental challenges arising from the over-use of chemical pesticides, in particular, have widespread implications that must be realised and addressed. Our increasing dependency on...

Biopesticides – Biological Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides: The Natural Way

Throughout the 20th century, the use of chemical pesticides was widely adopted in agriculture to control insect pests, weeds, and plant diseases. However, many of these pesticides are now known to be harmful to human health and the environment, leading numerous countries to ban large numbers of these products from being used. This poses the question – how will farmers protect their crops if these products are banned? In fact, a range of solutions already exists, in the form of...

A Case Study: Neath Golf Club

A Case Study: Biological control of leatherjackets at Neath Golf Club Set on the hills overlooking the coast of South Wales sits Neath Golf Club. In late-2018, their golf course suffered from an overwhelming infestation of leatherjackets. Dying grass exposed rough soil as badgers tore up the turf for a tasty meal, which meant parts of the course simply became unplayable. Neath needed a solution. Chemical controls for turf pests have been phased out which has left many course managers searching...

Leatherjacket Q&A: Summary

Leatherjacket Q&A:  Summary 1st May 2020   MA = Minshad Ansari: Bionema CEO and leading biopesticide technology developer PC = Peter Corbett: Business Development Manager at Rigby Taylor and industry expert MT = Mark Tucker: Head Greenkeeper at Neath Golf Course   Leatherjackets have been a real problem in turf sectors following a mild winter, with many golf courses experiencing heavy infestations across the UK. The problem is two-fold; leatherjackets feast on the roots of grass leaving large bare patches on the surface, while...

Launch of Bionema White Paper

Bionema white paper explains how biopesticides can fill gaps in turf management left by banned chemical pesticides Bionema Ltd, a leading biopesticide technology developer, has released its first of a series of white papers explaining how biopesticides can control turf pests that are currently causing widespread devastation due to the recent banning of chemical pesticides. This first paper offers helpful advice to those that work in the turf and amenities sector. Dr. Minshad Ansari, CEO of Bionema releases Sports Turf and...

Bionema launches new nematode

Bionema launches its cold-tolerance nematode products for insect pest control After three years of field trials, UK-based biotechnology company Bionema has launched a new cold- tolerance nematode pest control product, which provides insect kill rate of up to 95%. It is estimated that crop pests caused 470 billion USD worldwide annually. For example, annual European losses by western cornrootworm are the estimated at £1.5billion, while black vine weevil causes losses of up to £40m to the UK horticulture industry and £4 billion...

Coronavirus – Message from the CEO, Bionema

Coronavirus - Message from the CEO, Bionema Dear all, Globally, we have faced unprecedented changes and challenges to the way that we live, work and socialise. The advent of the novel Coronavirus has forced us to adapt to a new way of living and working, and here at Bionema, we are no exception. Strictly adhering to the latest Government guidelines, we have introduced a series of measures in order to safeguard our staff, but also facilitate the continuity of our services.  We...

3 Reasons to Use Biopesticides in Agriculture

3 Reasons to Use Biopesticides in Agriculture There are many elements that the farming industry has to battle with to grow healthy crops, from irrigation and bad weather to ever changing markets and demands.  There is, however, one thing they can control; how to tackle pests and diseases destroying their produce. Managing pests is a large part of the agricultural industry, and it is vital to get it right; quality and quantity of harvests will suffer if pests aren’t properly managed. There...

Bionema Sign MoU with Scientia Colombia to Work Together

Bionema Sign MoU with Scientia Colombia to Work Together on Sustainable Biocontrol to Fight Major Pests and Diseases 3 March 2020 – Scientia Colombia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with world-leading biopesticide technology developer Bionema, to collaborate on making more environmentally sustainable biological controls available in the fight against pests and diseases in less developed countries. Leading biopesticide technology company Bionema attended the AgriTech 2020 mission to Colombia, organised by the UK Prosperity Fund. Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder & CEO...