Author - Paul Jackson

EU Biopesticide regulation: Can technology developers survive?

The high cost and lengthy requirements for EU registration are severely limiting the development and commercialisation of BioProtection solutions in Europe – this needs to be addressed urgently. BioProtection (known as biopesticide) solutions present one of the fastest growing sectors in crop protection and pest control, but their development and uptake are being delayed and obstructed in the EU by irrelevant regulations that are preventing them from reaching the market. There is an urgent need for a review of European...

Bionema launches biocompatible wetting agent for biopesticides

  Bionema launches biocompatible wetting agent for biopesticides Bionema Ltd, a biopesticide technology developer, has launched a biocompatible wetting agent – NemaSpreader® – that increases the efficacy of beneficial nematodes up to 30%. NemaSpreader® is a specialist wetting agent that helps beneficial nematodes to spread and thrive, with the aim of controlling soil and foliar insect pests. Having proven its efficacy as part of Bionema’s unique solution of NemaTrident® nematode products. NemaSpreader® is now available as a stand-alone wetting agent for biopesticide...

Bionema awarded grant

Bionema Ltd, a leading biotech company, has received a grant award from the Welsh Government’s SMART Cymru of £100,000 to further develop biopesticides that could help combat major plant pests and reduce the use of harmful pesticides. The £100,000 grant was awarded under the SMART Cymru scheme. Bionema is engaged in the research, development and commercialisation of innovative products which utilise natural microorganisms (insect-killing fungi, bacteria, nematodes) for the control of pest and disease of horticultural, turf amenity and forestry...

The 2nd annual Biopesticide Summit & Awards 2020 to be held in Birmingham, UK

The 2nd annual Biopesticide Summit & Awards 2020 to be held in Birmingham, UK The event, hosted by the World BioProtection Forum, will address major global challenges in sustainable pest and disease management After the success of first Biopesticide Summit & Awards, the executive and steering committee of the Biopesticide Summit is delighted to announced that the second Biopesticide Summit & Awards will take place on 19-20 May 2020, at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Biopesticides can no longer be...

Biological plant protection products see surging demand at Biopesticides Summit 2019

Biological plant protection products see surging demand at Biopesticides Summit 2019 A new age is dawning in agriculture, as the biocontrol sector is finally making its mark with increased support from society and governments, greater investment and innovation in R&D, and an expanding toolbox as more products are approved across the globe. These prosperous conditions were in evidence at the inaugural Biopesticides Summit, which took place in Swansea, UK, on 2–3 July 2019, as more than 200 international experts including...

Message from Emergency Chafer and Leatherjacket Summit: Need for an integrated approach to fight against them

The Turf and Amenity industry united to declare that an integrated pest management (IPM) is need of the hour for Chafer and Leatherjacket control.  This was the conclusion of the sell-out Emergency Chafer and Leatherjacket Summit that took place on 9th May 2019 at Burton Albion Football, Staffordshire. With many chemicals now removed from the turf and amenity sector, crucial practices such as monitoring and using a range of preventative measures within the IPM approach was encouraged. It was also...

Bionema raises £180,000

Bionema Ltd, a biotech company, announces the completion of £180,000 equity investment, led by private investors with co-investment from the Development Bank of Wales. The Swansea University based biotech company specialises in the development and sales of bio-pesticides in the agri-food sector. The investment will be used to develop innovative biopesticides that will significantly reduce the need for chemical pesticides in crop pest control. It is estimated that crop pests and pathogens cause more than £361.7 billion damage worldwide annually.  Bioinsecticide...

Introduction to Bionema

https://youtu.be/V3IeOnqUVqc Bionema is a leading biopesticide technology developer.  We create chemical-free pest management solutions for the horticulture, turf and landscape, and forestry sectors. We have over 30 years’ experience in research, development and commercialisation of biopesticides. The biopesticides we develop are natural products which use microorganisms (fungi, bacteria and nematodes) to protect crops from insect damage, reducing the use of synthetic pesticides and enhancing increasing crop yields. Our products include Bionema’s Unique Tri-Component system which incorporates the NemaTrident™ nematode products, and our newly...

Bionema releases video showing successful nematode application for chafer grub control

Bionema Ltd, a leading biopesticide technology developer, has released a new case study video for the control of chafer grubs in turf.  The video provides step by step guidelines to greenkeepers, groundsmen and course managers in how to apply the beneficial nematodes (roundworms). Bionema has seen excellent success in recent nematode field trials conducted on the chafer infestation experienced at the Grove Golf Club, Watford. These eco-friendly and chemical free methods of destroying chafer grubs are shaping the biopesticide industry. "We...

Emergency Chafers and Leatherjackets Summit

An emergency summit is to be held with the aim of finding industry-led solutions to the threat of Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets in the turf industry. The Summit will take place on 9th May 2019 (9am-5pm) at Burton Albion Football, Staffordshire. Attendance at this industry summit is vital to those in the industry that want to develop a long-term preventative strategy for Chafers and Leatherjackets. Now that many of the chemicals which were routinely used to keep golf courses and...