Our Technology

Our micro-encapsulation formulation technology UniSpore® increases efficacy via delivering fungal spores in a capsule and enhancing adhesion to plant surfaces

Bionema’s researchers are developing and advancing a game-changing biocontrol technology for insect pests and disease in horticulture, turf amenity and forestry. From a range of naturally occurring microorganisms with confirmed commercial attributes (higher virulence, stability, spore yields, wide host range). We only select microorganisms which show commercial values.

Production, formulation, and application of biopesticides are key to success.

Formulation development

Bionema’s innovative formulation technology produces biopesticides that have: easy distribution (ambient temperature); high efficacy; reduced number of required treatments (reducing costs); optimised for available application methods; potential for wider biocontrol applications of plant fungal diseases.

Achieved by developing novel processes for micro-encapsulation of fungal spores, it maintains biological stability of fungal spores stored at ambient temperature; create micro-environments to retain water for spore germination; enhance adhesion to plant surfaces; have a dramatic positive impact on agricultural productivity.

Our Current Nematode Technology

NemaTrident®, a Tri-Component solution product, incorporates 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, decompose rapidly and can be targeted at specific pests to avoid harming beneficial insects.

In order to optimise theeffectiveness of these nematodes we have incorporated them into the Bionema Tri-Component solution which consists of:

  1. The NemaTrident® specially developed, highly virulent strain of beneficial nematodes.
  2. The Nemaspreader®, a biocompatible wetting agent that helps Bionema’s beneficial nematodes to spread and thrive.
  3. Specialist trainingand advice for our customers on how to optimise the effectiveness of the nematodes.

Our Pipeline Technology

Bionema’s foundation was clearly focused on the development of naturally occurring microorganism for the control of insect pests and disease. The microencapsulation-based technology developed for improvement of next gen formulations and delivery systems. We make continual development to advance commercially promising fungal through our development pipeline as we expand to become the technology platform for crop protection.

Bionema’s technology, known as UniSpore® is based on naturally occurring environmentally friendly microorganisms (insect killing fungus) originated from nature and developed for the control of insect pests of horticulture, turf amenity and forestry sectors.

  • UniSpore® is a natural insect killing fungus isolated from dead wireworm insect.
  • Bionema owns the patents behind UniSpore® and formulation technology
  • UniSpore® provides a wide range of solutions to support the agricultural needs of growers by providing an alternative to chemical pesticides, and for food safety, human health and protection to the environment.

UniSpore® Insect Killing Fungal Technology

We have developed an eco-friendly, non-toxic biopesticide, which can be used to increase productivity within the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. The technology

associated with this product is both novel and cost-effective; moreover, it is simple and user-friendly.

How UniSpore® Works

The product can be applied either directly to the soil, or via foliar spray. In other words, the insect control enabled by the newly developed biopesticide is not ingestion dependent. Upon attaching itself to the insect cuticle, the product then penetrates the exoskeleton and kills the insects without entering the wider environment.

The most innovative aspects of the invented product are that it is completely safe to the

environment while ensuring a wide range of pest control, offering excellent efficacy under the right environmental conditions.

The technology has already shown very positive results against economically important pest species, e.g. thrips, aphids, whiteflies, caterpillars, the large pine weevil, vine weevil, leatherjackets, wireworms etc. It also provides control against insects (midges, tick mosquitoes) transmitting disease to humans and animals.

The developed non-toxic product is designed to be applied to insects directly, thus making the invented technology perfectly safe for humans and animals and allowing it to be used for efficient insect control throughout the entire season. The technology can be readily adapted for both conventional and organic markets.

The product is based on a non-toxic biological material found within a naturally occurring

organism. In general, the offered technology can be viewed as an intelligent method of pest

control, suitable for a wide range of applications within agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The technology offers competent and inexpensive pest control solution for a wide range of insect species.

Benefits of Our Technology

  • Our technology does not use any chemicals that are harmful to the environment, and it has no harmful effects on beneficial insect species.
  • Our fungi are obligate parasitic which means they will not harm other, beneficial insects – unlike some other methods of control.
  • Non-toxic to workers, users and consumers, making them safe for use in any environment.
  • Fungi can be mass produced on artificial media for field application.
  • Can be applied in isolation or as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Residue free.
  • No insect resistance issue.
  • Safer environmental footprint.

Our Science

Infection by the fungus is dependent on the adhesion of the fungal spores or conidia (active ingredient) to the insect. However, adhesion and infection are often problematic, and it is here that Bionema have innovated by developing a novel method of formulation of this fungus where it is encapsulated.

This aids the adhesion of the fungal spores to the insect cuticle, thereby increasing the efficiency of its pathogenic properties.