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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 BioProtection training courses 

Bionema, a UK based BioProtection (Biopesticide) technology developer, has launched digital, classroom and bespoke training courses to educate end-users, distributors and consultants on the effective use of BioProtection products as an alternative to chemical pest control. BioProtection products are being developed and used across the world to ensure safe and sustainable agricultural. However, many end users are not fully familiar with the effective use of biocontrol agents – such as nematodes fungi, bacteria, viruses and beneficial insects and need a...

Investment in BioProtection to increase organic food production

Bionema Ltd, a leading UK-based biopesticide technology developer, is working on effective, eco-friendly solutions to reduce the chemical residue on crops and increase organic food production. However, founder and CEO Dr Minshad Ansari is concerned that, although there are many products in development, the limited number of BioProtection products currently registered for use in the UK and the EU is not fulfilling the current demand in the agriculture, horticulture, sport turf and forestry sectors. “The recent EU commitment to...

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...

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...

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...