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Bionema Appoints TurfCare distributor for Nematrident® range in Ireland

Bionema Ltd, a leading biopesticide technology company, has signed a distribution agreement with TurfCare to sell its unique patented NemaTrident® range of products on an exclusive basis in the turf, leisure and amenity sector in Ireland. NemaTrident® is a Tri-Component patented, environmentally friendly solution used to control more than 50 different insect species including chafer [...]

Bionema secures new patent for novel biocontrol kit

Bionema Ltd, a leading biopesticide technology company, has today been granted a UK patent for a novel pest control kit and method that provides safe and sustainable protection from larval insect pests. The 20th century saw an agricultural revolution, as chemical pesticides were widely used to provide the crop yields necessary to feed a rapidly [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bionema proves nematode control

Bionema Ltd, a leading UK-based biopesticide technology developer, has released a step-by-step video guide on how to control leatherjackets by using a beneficial nematode solution. Leatherjackets (larvae of crane fly) cause serious turf damage to golf courses, sport fields, racecourses, and open green spaces through their extensive feeding on roots. The video, showing a nematode […]

Bionema Secures Portugal Distributor

Bionema has appointed Aquamatic Algarve as a distributor of their Nematrident® Range for the Turf and Amenity sector in Portugal Bionema Ltd, UK BioTech company announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Aquamatic Algarve for its NemaTrident® range products. The agreement permits Aquamatic to sell Bionema’s biological NemaTrident® range of products in the […]

5 Minutes with Dr Ansari

5 Minutes With… Dr Minshad A Ansari from Bionema “It is necessary to develop and commercialise bio-based products not only to fill the gap in the market following the removal of toxic pesticides, but also to help the environment and human health.” UK-headquartered Bionema is a leading biopesticide technology developer, specialising in chemical-free, organic crop […]

Bionema secures Innovate UK grant

Bionema Ltd, a leading UK-based biotechnology company, has received a grant from Innovate UK to support the company’s continual development of its bioinsecticide microencapsulation formulation, which delivers an effective alternative to chemical pesticides. This additional £98,000 Continuity Grant complements a initial £1.0 million in funding support from Innovate UK, the national funding agency that investing [...]

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 [...]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 [...]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Introduction to Bionema

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bionema appoint Dejex as distributor for their Nematrident® range

Bionema Ltd, a leading biotech Swansea University-based company, has received a grant award from Innovate UK to further develop technology that could help combat pests which cost the worldwide economy billions every year.

Bionema Appoint Rigby Taylor as Distributor For Their Nematrident® Range For The Turf And Amenity Sector

Bionema Ltd, a leading biotech Swansea University-based company, has received a grant award from Innovate UK to further develop technology that could help combat pests which cost the worldwide economy billions every year.

New innovative Insect trap could prevent Millions of pounds worth of damage to Golf and Race courses

Bionema Ltd, a leading biotech Swansea University-based company, has received a grant award from Innovate UK to further develop technology that could help combat pests which cost the worldwide economy billions every year.

Global Biopesticide Awards 2019 for Innovators in Biocontrol Industry – Call for Nominations

Bionema Ltd, a leading biotech Swansea University-based company, has received a grant award from Innovate UK to further develop technology that could help combat pests which cost the worldwide economy billions every year.

Grant for new formulation

Bionema Ltd, a leading biotech Swansea University-based company, has received a grant award from Innovate UK to further develop technology that could help combat pests which cost the worldwide economy billions every year.

Bionema Ltd and Swansea University to host inaugural Biopesticide Summit in 2019

Bionema Ltd and Swansea University to host inaugural Biopesticide Summit in 2019
Swansea University and Swansea University-based company Bionema Ltd are to host the inaugural Biopesticide Summit next year to address the pressing need to develop …

VISIT AND MEET BIONEMA AT ABIM

We invite you to meet our team of biocontrol experts at Booth 42 at ABIM exhibition, 22-24 October 2018, Basel We look forward to revealing our latest products and services, which are already creating interest across the industry worldwide. Please visit us on the stand, or arrange a meeting, to discuss your needs during this important […]

Interview – Development of biopesticides and future opportunities for SMEs

Interview – Development of biopesticides and future opportunities for SMEs Earlier this month, we kicked off our pilot JMAPP (https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/press/news­2018/cranfield­university­and­johnson­matthey­partnership­looks­to­nurture­fresh­growth­in­agritech) partner programme, in association with Cranfield University. As part of our open innovation strategy, we’re working with three pioneering agritech businesses within the programme. Following last week’s interview with Azotic Technologies (/news/Pages/Fixing­the­nitrogen­problem.aspx), it’s time to […]

Bionema has appointed Stephen Burt to its board

Bionema today announces the appointment of Stephen Burt as Finance Director. Steve, is a qualified Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and has more than 20 years experience across a number of South Wales’s blue chip manufacturing businesses and was recently Managing Director of healthcare supplier Rocialle, part of the Clinical Solutions division of Berendsen plc.

GLAS 2018 New Product & New Plant Winners

New Products Winner NemaTrident range of Bioinsecticides — Prograss — Stand: J14 Bionema’s NemaTrident Tri-Component System nematode products incorporate a range of highly virulent insect-parasitic nematodes within the Heterorhabditis and Steinernema genera. These nematodes attack and destroy the larvae of the insect pest thus preventing future pests from developing. They are safe, non-toxic to users and consumers, […]

Bionema raises £500,000

Bionema Ltd, a biotech company, announces the completion of £500,000 equity investment, led by an overseas private investor with co-investment from the Development Bank of Wales, Swansea Innovations, Swansea University, and existing investors. The Swansea University Medical School’s Institute of Life Science based biotech company specialises in the development and sales of bio-pesticides in the […]

Bionema selected for exclusive partnership programme

Bionema Ltd is one of only three companies hand-picked to join a cohort that will take part in the exclusive Johnson Matthey AgriTech Partnership Programme (JMAPP). The announcement follows a five-week global search for companies and individuals who want to develop their innovative AgriTech solutions. Bionema will be given the opportunity to develop their microencapsulation […]

Pest Control Training Courses for Growers, Greenkeepers and Foresters

25th, 26th & 31st January 2018 Lantra House, Stoneleigh Park, nr Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG Are you getting the most from your biological pest control systems? The answer is almost certainly not! Why? Because these are living organisms – nematodes, fungi, bacteria, beneficial insects and others – that need an understanding of how best to […]

Visit & Meet Bionema at ABIM 2017

23 – 25 October 2017 | Basel, Switzerland | Contact us Launch of NemaTrident – Tri-Component System For the biological control of insect pest in horticulture, turf landscape and forestry What is the NemaTrident®L Tri-Component system? NemaTrident®L is a naturally occurring beneficial entomopathogenic nematode, Heterorhabditis and Steinernema species. The Tri-Component system Includes: Nematode Approved soil conditioner […]

Control Your Chafers And Leatherjackets!

NemaTrident® is a unique Tri-Component biological pest control system which provides up to 90% control of chafer grubs and leatherjackets.  This product is specifically aimed at the sports turf, golf and landscape & amenity sectors.

Bionema launches NemaTrident pest control product

NemaTrident is a unique Tri-Component biological pest control system. This unique product boasts 20-30% more efficiency and up to 95% kill rates for vine weevil in horticultural crops.

Researchers collected pollen from hives on the east coast and fed it to healthy bees, which lowered their resistance to a parasite called Nosema ceranae (microsporidian), thought to be linked with Colony Collapse Disorder.

UK: Bright future for fruit despite labour concerns

With traditional pesticides losing efficacy or being withdrawn from the market, growers were increasingly relying on natural pest control, said Minshad Ansari, managing director at Bionema. It launched its new NemaTrident range at the event, boasting 20% more efficiency than existing products and delivering up to 99% kill rate. Read Full Article

Fruit Focus 2017

With only 3 weeks to go until Fruit Focus 2017, it’s time to plan your day and get the best out of your visit. Read on to find out what you can see at the fruit industry’s premier fruit event.

Mass bee deaths – now there is a natural solution to pest control

A ‘witches brew’ of pesticides and fungicides has been identified by scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture as being the cause of the destruction of 10 million beehives across the US.

Researchers collected pollen from hives on the east coast and fed it to healthy bees, which lowered their resistance to a parasite called Nosema ceranae (microsporidian), thought to be linked with Colony Collapse Disorder.

Bionema launches its unique three component solution of NemaTrident® nematode products for natural insect pest control

Natural pest control makes even more sense for commercial growers, greenkeepers and foresters now – with the launch this month of a unique new UK nematode product which boasts 20% more efficiency and up to 95% kill rates. Beneficial insect-parasitic nematodes are applied with water to control soil and foliar insect pests. Enough moisture is […]

Biological Control Professional Training Courses

Course 1 Application of biological insecticides: Entomopathogenic nematodes Develop – a complete understanding of entomopathogenic nematodes. Apply – entomopathogenic nematodes through a practical integrated pest management system within your own environment. Date: 26th April 2017 (10.00am to 5.00pm) Venue: Swansea University Course 2 Application of biopesticides (fungi and bacteria) Develop – a complete understanding of […]

The Natural Way – why nematodes can help feed the world safely

For generations farmers, foresters and growers have relied on potentially damaging chemicals to protect their crops. But Bionema’s founder Dr Minshad Ansari is convinced there is a better way. And the facts suggest he may well be right. Minshad has dedicated the last 20 years of his scientific research looking into natural ways of controlling […]

Giving up on the healthy?

Brexit – are we going to give up on the idea of healthy, wholesome food? Brexit has brought unparalleled uncertainty to industry across the UK. And it’s more than fears about trading tariffs and border controls. The EU has been responsible for some of the toughest controls on the use of pesticides in many sections […]

New natural pesticide…

20 per cent more efficient – new natural pesticide boosts profits and delivers higher kill rates Bigger profits and better kill rates, that’s the promise of a new UK biopesticide which successfully completed field trials earlier this year – with 20 per cent more efficiency than its nearest rivals. NemaTrident® CT is the first product […]

Biopesticides…

Groundbreaking’ live time’ field trials prove biopesticides are the future for pest control A ‘real time’ field trial investigating the leading biological pesticides on the UK market has revealed spectacular results – live in front of the industry’s major players. Growers, farmers, advisors and suppliers took part themselves in the trial, run this summer by […]

Revealed – just which pest control agents really work in the field – and those that don’t

The most comprehensive field trials on some of the leading bioinsecticide products and biocontrol agents on the market have revealed major differences in performance against large pine weevil in Sitka spruce. In of the most comprehensive scientific studies to date, carried out by Welsh development company Bionema in the field, results have identified which company’s […]

Meet at ABIM 2016

Meet Bionema at ABIM 24 – 26 October 2016 | Basel, Switzerland | Contact us We invite you to meet our team of biocontrol experts at Booth 22 in the Foyer of hall Singapore at ABIM, 24 – 26 October, Basel. We look forward to revealing our latest new products and services, which are already creating […]

Vine weevil control demonstration and trial for soil grown strawberries

REMINDER – INVITATION Vine Weevil control demonstration and trial for soil grown strawberries Bionema would like to remind you about this important event which will reveal in real time the results of our soil based large scale field grown strawberry trial assessing the efficacy of different commercially available products such as nematopTM, nemasys L, Met52G […]

Welsh delegation identifies India as top-priority market at Mumbai meet

Harcha Bhaskar, Mumbai A trade delegation from Wales, which is looking at expanding its footprint in India, identified the latter as a top-priority market at a meeting in Mumbai recently. It comprised such companies as Bionema, Pero Foods, Markes International, Compact Orbital Gears, Manai Science Park, Daioni Organic, Dairy Partners, FSG Tool & Die and […]

Swansea business boss plans to help India boost food production – naturally

Swansea entrepreneur Dr Minshad Ansari is one of a team of Welsh innovators flying out to India this week to promote the principality’s world leading industries. Dr Ansari heads award winning biochemical business Bionema and is set to help maximise food crop yields across India using natural pest protection. The Welsh based spin-out company from […]

Boost CYMRU award 2016…

One of these five firms could be the next big thing in the life sciences market in Wales Five businesses from around Wales demonstrate the creativity and innovation in the country’s vibrant life sciences sector. Read more: Wales Online

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Safer fruit and vegetables: bio-pesticide spin-out company wins ‘watchdog’ accreditation

A Swansea University-based high-tech spin-out company has just received accreditation under the Official Recognition of Efficacy Testing facilities or Organisations (ORETO) scheme for efficacy testing in Biologicals and Semiochemicals categories. Read more: Swansea University

Firm set up to create ‘safer’ fruit and vegetables

Swansea-based Bionema has been created to produce biopesticides like certain types of fungi, bacteria, worms and viruses. Read more: Fruitnet

Swansea Company’s Leading The Way

The University-based high-tech spin-out company Bionema has gained accreditation to continue it’s research and expand globally Read more: The Wave

University’s spin-off firm plans to use bugs and fungi to help give us safer fruit and vegetables

A Swansea University spin-off biopesticide company has been given the go ahead to put bugs and fungi to war against common pests. Read more: Wales Online

Using nature to beat major crop pests is a growing industry

Strawberries are very much on the mind of Minshad Ansari — or rather, the pest that can blight their growth. Read more: Fresh Plaza

Using nature to beat major crop pests a growing industry, says Swansea scientist and entrepreneur

Bacteria and animals are playing more of a role in combating crop pests – and Swansea’s Dr Minshad Ansari is targeting a slice of the action. RICHARD YOULE reports on another Swansea University-backed venture, weeks before the new Bay Campus opens. Read more: South Wales Evening Post

Biopesticides could fill ‘gap in market’

More relaxed regulations for biopesticides could help fill gap created by withdrawal and restrictions on chemical products Read more: Fruitnet

Using maths to improve biodiversity (Maths – Ecomaths)

The world is teeming with life but human activity is affecting biodiversity and one culprit is chemical pesticides. At Swansea University, Stefan Gates explores the maths involved in scientific discovery with Professor Tariq Butt and Dr Minshad Ansari. They show him a unique trial of a naturally occurring fungus that is an environmentally friendly alternative […]