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Article Issue: April 2018

Biobest Opens €1.2 Million Production Facility 
April 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Biobest announced the opening of a new €1.2 million state-of-the-art production facility at Biobest Maroc. With the brand new 2000 m2 hyper modern vertical farming […]

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Certis Europe and Spiess-Urania Plan to Merge
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Certis Europe BV and Spiess-Urania Chemicals GmbH, both Mitsui subsidiaries, announced plans to merge into one company. The merger operational beginning 1st April 2018, will […]

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US Farm Bill Text Release by House Agriculture Committee
April 2018
Regulatory

The US Farm Bill text was released by the House Agriculture Committee. Included in the bill was a requirement for a study on the potential […]

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Researchers Develop dsRNA Production Methods
April 2018
Scientific Findings

University of Helsinki and French National Centre for Scientific Research have developed dsRNA production methods and demonstrated their efficacy in triggering RNAi response against viral […]

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Marrone Signs Distribution Agreement with Solenis
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Solenis to provide Zequanox molluscicide treatment programs for enclosed and semi-enclosed water systems in the […]

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STK Registers STK REGEV in Peru
April 2018
Regulatory

STK Bio-Ag announced STK REGEV, a “hybrid” fungicide, has been registered in Peru. REGEV is a mix of tea tree oil and difenoconazole to create […]

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Plant Biologists Control Plant Stomatal Movement
April 2018
Scientific Findings

Plant biologists in Japan have identified novel compounds that can control plant stomatal movements, which could be useful in enhancing drought tolerance. The team from […]

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Monsanto and RNAgri Enter Research Collaboration
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Monsanto and RNAgri, a startup focused on RNAi technology, entered a research collaboration. Under the agreement, Monsanto will use RNAgri’s proprietary RNA production technology for […]

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Monsanto Receives Approval for Seed Treatments from US EPA
April 2018
Regulatory

Monsanto received approval from US EPA for its microbial seed treatment product designed to strengthen root systems and improve plant access to nutrients. The BioAg […]

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Researchers Develop Nanma, Menma and Shreya in India
April 2018
Scientific Findings

The Central Tuber Crops Research Institute of India State of Kerala has developed three biopesticides made from cassava. The products, called Nanma, Menma, and Shreya, […]

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Premier Tech Partners with AAFC
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Premier Tech partners with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to develop a selective bioherbicide. In January, the Horticulture and Agriculture Group signed a license agreement with […]

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New Zealand Approves Rabbit Biocontrol Agent
April 2018
Regulatory

New Zealand has approved a new rabbit biocontrol agent for release in Tasman and Nelson. Tasman District Council will release a new improved strain of […]

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Agricen Hires Scott Lay
April 2018
Personnel

Agricen announced, the hiring of Scott Lay as Director of Business Development. In his new role, Scott will focus on developing plant health technology partnerships […]

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Staphyt Opens Phytosanitary Experimental Station
April 2018
Company News

Staphyt opened its first phytosanitary experimental station in Morocco on March 9. Located in Meknes, an area with rich water resources and fertile soils, the […]

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Jan Vermaak Managing Director Omnia Fertilizer
April 2018
Executives Speak

Mr. Jan Vermaak, Managing Director: International Business Development, Omnia Fertilizer The Omnia Group seems to have a complex structure. How does it work between Omnia […]

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Andermatt Appoints Russel Blair as CEO
April 2018
Personnel

Andermatt Biocontrol appointed Russel Blair as CEO for Andermatt USA. As the senior U.S. manager, Blair will be responsible for strategic marketing management, business development, […]

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Bioconsortia Closes US$10 Million of Series D Funding
April 2018
Company News

Bioconsortia closed a US$10 million round of Series D funding, led by Otter Capital and Khosla Ventures. The completion of Series D will further support […]

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Dr. Yossi Kofman, Dan Grotsky, Danny Levy Groundwork
April 2018
Executives Speak

Dr. Yossi Kofman, CEO, Mr. Dan Grotsky, VP Sales and Marketing & Mr. Danny Levy, VP Research and Development, Groundwork BioAg Groundwork BioAg is a […]

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Bee Vectoring Brings in Dr. Gerado Suazo PhD
April 2018
Personnel

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Announced Dr. Gerado Suazo as Senior Technical Manager for Mexico on a contractual basis. Dr. Suazo brings 15 years of industry […]

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Biocontrol Africa Conference in Kenya
April 2018
Company News

Biocontrol Africa: a milestone in the history of biocontrol for Africa. The Biocontrol Africa 2018 conference, organized by 2BMonthly and New Ag International, took place […]

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Ilsa Develops Ilsapolicos
April 2018
Company News

Ilsa has developed Ilsapolicos, a new natural biostimulant based in vegetative extracts derived from supercritical CO2 extraction of Fabaceae. Ilsapolicos contains specific natural organic molecules, […]

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Inocucor Hires David Sisk
April 2018
Personnel

Inocucor has appointed David Sisk as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and CFO. David is an accomplished financial executive whose previous experience includes leadership […]

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Bioline Raises $50 Milliion Euros
April 2018
Company News

Bioline by InVivo has successfully raised 50 million euros in the form of a capital increase from a consortium of investment partners led by LFPI, […]

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EUCLID Project Partners Investigate New IPM Methods
April 2018
Company News

EUCLID, a project investigating new IPM methods has found promising results about predators such as mirid bugs and other parasitoid species against tomato leaf miners. […]

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STK Bio-ag Hires Neal Job
April 2018
Personnel

STK Bio-ag Technologies appointed Neal Job to the position of USA Business Manager. In his new position he will be responsible for continuing the successful […]

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Certis Innovation Center Opens in the World Horti Center
April 2018
Company News

The World Horti Center is home to the new Certis Innovation Center. The new Center, recently opened by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, brings together […]

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UK Farmers Given Targets on Soil Health
April 2018
Regulatory

UK farmers may be given first ever targets on soil health if a new bill, to be brought before parliament this year, becomes law. The […]

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Tradecorp Hires Massimo Gardenghi
April 2018
Personnel

Tradecorp announced appointment of Massimo Gardenghi as Business Development Manager for Italy and South-East Europe. Mr. Gardenghi will develop commercial strategy for the area and […]

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Cytozyme Opens WFOE in China
April 2018
Company News

Cytozyme Laboratories has announced opening of a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) office in Beijing to improve business processes and meet the growing demands of […]

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KKL-JNF Afforestation Division Uses Beetle to Control Aphids
April 2018
Scientific Findings

Aphids from Lebanon that feed on prickly pear have caused enormous damage to cacti in northern Israel. The Israeli KKL-JNF Afforestation Division best option to […]

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Valent U.S.A. Hires Bill Hendrix
April 2018
Personnel

Valent U.S.A. named Bill Hendrix as Vice President of Technology. Hendrix will oversee all research and development (R&D) functions, as well as all regulatory activities […]

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BPIA Sets Attendance Record
April 2018
Company News

BPIA (Biological Products Industry Alliance) set another attendance record at their spring meeting held in San Diego, California on 5-7 March. Total membership in BPIA […]

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Researchers Patent Novel Organic Fertilizer
April 2018
Scientific Findings

Clemson University researchers has patented a way to make a novel organic fertilizer. Using “extreme bacteria” isolated from cattle stomachs they claim to produce organic […]

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Indigo Cotton Demonstrates 14% Yield Increase
April 2018
Company News

Indigo Ag reports Indigo Cotton demonstrated a 14% yield increase in commercial fields under water stress in Texas, an improvement over results obtained in the […]

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IIVR Scientists Study Proline
April 2018
Scientific Findings

Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR) scientists have studied the role of proline in enhancing stress tolerance in tomato. Proline can either be incorporated into […]

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Marrone Reports GAAP Revenues
April 2018
Company News

Marrone Bio Innovations reported full year 2017 GAAP revenues of US$18.2 million, an increase of 29.4% over the prior year. Gross margins also increased to […]

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Researchers Identify Mycoviruses to Control White Mold
April 2018
Scientific Findings

University of Western Australia and Huazhong Agricultural University (China) have identified mycoviruses of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum with potential for biopesticidal use. S. sclerotiorum causes devastating white […]

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Bayer and Ginkgo Announced Joint Venture
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks announced a joint venture, Joyn Bio, which will focus on nitrogen fixation to enhance sustainability in agriculture. Bayer and Ginkgo founded […]

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Ilsa Launches Web Tool
April 2018
Company News

Ilsa launches web tool to provide farmers with personalized recommendations with its portfolio of fertilizers and biostimulants. Designed and implemented by Ilsa’s agronomic team, it […]

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Researchers Identify Antimicrobial Properties in Substances
April 2018
Scientific Findings

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology researchers in Belgium have developed a novel screening method to identify the antimicrobial properties of volatile substances. With this assay, […]

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CABI and Koppert Announced Agreement
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

CABI and Koppert announced an agreement to formalize joint efforts on training plant doctors in Kenya during the Biocontrol Africa Conference in Nairobi. These trainings […]

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Andermatt Receives Approval for Madex Top in Portugal
April 2018
Regulatory

Andermatt received approval for their baculovirus product Madex Top in Portugal. Madex Top is based on a new isolate of Cydia pomonella granulovirus and will […]

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Researchers Study Plant Interactions with Bacteria
April 2018
Scientific Findings

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding researchers have developed a method to probe plant-bacteria interactions. Using the approach, they have shown how bacterial pathogens respond […]

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Acadian Partners with Van Iperen
April 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Acadian Plant Health announced a business and marketing partnership with Van Iperen International with focus in Europe, Africa and the Gulf Region. Several years of […]

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Isagro Receives Approval for Taegro 2 in California
April 2018
Regulatory

Isagro USA received California approval for Taegro 2 biofungicide for use in a wide variety of vegetable, fruit and horticultural crops. Taegro 2 biofungicide provides […]

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Researchers Study How Plant and Pest Interaction Impact Predators
April 2018
Scientific Findings

Clemson researchers have identified interactions between plants and pests which impact predators ability to locate aphids. The researchers found that when Lepidopteran pests fed on […]

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Inocucor Acquires ATP Nutrition 
April 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Inocucor Corporation announced it has acquired ATP Nutrition, a producer of science-based plant nutrients based in Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada. Terms of the acquisition were […]

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House Agriculture Committee Releases US Farm Bill Text
April 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

The US Farm Bill text was released by the US House Agriculture Committee on April 12. Included in the bill was a requirement for a […]

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