News 2019

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...

Pesticide Free By 2050?

Can Europe Be Pesticide-Free By 2050? With the ecological consequences of food production and agricultural practices coming under increased scrutiny, and being reassessed and remodelled, a leading biopesticide technology developer believes Europe can be free of its reliance upon toxic pesticides by 2050. Emerging advances in biopesticides and biostimulants – eco-friendly, nature-based alternatives to the harsh, chemical pesticides we have used for many decades to control pests & diseases and increase yield - are transforming the industry. And they are ushering...

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...

BioTech company releases video showing successful nematode application for vine weevil control in strawberry

BioTech company releases video showing successful nematode application for vine weevil control in strawberry Bionema Ltd, a leading biopesticide technology developer, has released a new case study video for the control of vine weevil with beneficial nematodes in strawberry. The video can help and guide soft fruit growers in how to apply the beneficial nematodes (roundworms) for vine weevil control. Bionema has seen excellent success in recent nematode field trials conducted on the vine weevil infestation at Pennoxstone Court, Kings Caple, Hereford....

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...

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...