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Article Issue: July 2018

STK Bio-Ag's CEO Makes an Announcement
July 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Israeli based STK Bio-Ag Technologies CEO Guy Elitzur announced his resignation after seven years to seek new challenges. The STK board has accepted his resignation […]

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Valagro Announces Acquisition of Grabi Chemical 
July 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Valagro announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Grabi Chemical through its Industrial Business Unit. Grabi Chemical is a leading manufacturer of chelated […]

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De Sangosse Acquires CCL 
July 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

CCL has historically been an important player in the fields of spray enhancers and biocontrol in France and more recently in Southern Europe with a […]

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Platform Specialty Announces Sale of Arysta
July 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Platform Specialty Products Corporation announced today that it has agreed to sell Arysta LifeScience (Arysta), its Agricultural Solutions segment, to UPL Corporation Ltd. (UPL). The […]

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Xtrem Develops XTONE
July 2018
Company News

Xtrem Biotech, which specializes in extremophile microorganisms, is developing XTONE, a  biopesticide solution that shows high compatibility with existing conventional plant production products. At the […]

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Biofa, Andermatt and Trifolio-M Partner
July 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Andermatt  Biocontrol has become a majority shareholder of Germany company Biofa. Both Andermatt Biocontrol (58%) and Trifolio-M (22%) have taken increased share options which will […]

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Marrone Announces Approval for GRANDEVO and VENERATE
July 2018
Company News

Marrone Bio Innovations announced the approval of GRANDEVO and VENERATE bioinsectides for use on Cannabis by Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Washington state. Cannabis growers […]

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Timac Launches Fertiactyl ST
July 2018
Company News

Timac Agro USA launched Fertiactyl ST, a liquid seed treatment to combat environmental stress during spring planting. Fertiactyl ST is formulated with the Fertiactyl Complex, […]

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SUSPHIRE Uses Synthetic Biology to Produce Pheromones
July 2018
Scientific Findings

SUSPHIRE, a European project, plans to use synthetic biology to produce insect pheromones in plants and fungi, building on the success of the project “Sexyplant” […]

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Argentine Researchers Identify Fungal Controlling Yeast
July 2018
Scientific Findings

Argentine investigations have identified a yeast capable of controlling fungal infections in lemons with efficacy as high as 90%. The main attention was given to […]

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Rothamsted Develops Automated Spore Trap
July 2018
Scientific Findings

An AHDB project led by Rothamsted Research has developed an automated spore trap which provides nearly real time information on the presence of airborne spores […]

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University of Hyderabad Researchers Enhance Harpin
July 2018
Scientific Findings

University of Hyderabad researchers successfully enhanced the efficacy of a harpin biopesticide through encapsulation in chitosan nanoparticles, resulting in high efficacy against fungal infections in […]

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Macrophytes Extracts Inhibit Cyanobacterium Growth
July 2018
Scientific Findings

Aqueous extracts from macrophytes including Ranunculus aquatilis and Nasturtium officinale have demonstrated inhibition of the growth of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. This inhibition is related […]

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Chinese Study First to Show Economic Benefit of Natural Predators
July 2018
Scientific Findings

A Chinese study on natural predators in cotton indicates their use can reduce farmers spending on insecticides. Results of the study, published in Environmental Research […]

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French IPM Experts Report Increase Use of Biologicals
July 2018
Company News

French IPM experts have reported that the use of biological control methods is increasing. The key drivers behind the growth include legal changes to encourage […]

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APIS Hires Many Including Dr. Rüdiger Hauschild and Dr Götz Neurath
July 2018
Personnel

Applied Insect Science Ltd (APIS) appointed Dr. Rüdiger Hauschild as Director of Biopesticides. Dr. Hauschild has been a leading authority on the registration of biopesticides […]

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Vestaron Appoints Anna Rath CEO
July 2018
Personnel

Vestaron announced the appointment of Anna Rath as Chief Executive Officer. With over a decade of experience across multiple venture-backed ag-tech companies, Anna will lead […]

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Cytozyme Announces Six New Hires
July 2018
Personnel

Cytozyme Laboratories announced six new hires to support growth in international markets. Prateek Kabaria joins as the Business Manager for Southeast Asia & ANZ. He […]

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ABN Appoints Frank DeGennaro President and CEO
July 2018
Personnel

Advanced BioNutrition (ABN) appointed Frank DeGennaro as President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds William Kirk who will remain as Chairman of the Board of […]

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Van Iperen Announces Changes to its Management Team
July 2018
Personnel

Van Iperen International announced changes to its management team to prepare for future growth. Paul El Safty became Director of Sales, managing the team of […]

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PlantResponse Names Francisco Javier Garcia Dominguez Director, John Kruse CTO and Frédéric Brunner CSO
July 2018
Personnel

PlantResponse names Francisco Javier Garcia Dominguez Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa and promotes others to executive team. García Domínguez spent nearly 10 years […]

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Keith Jones Executive Director BPIA
July 2018
Executives Speak

You have now been Executive Director since August 2015. Are you happy with what you have achieved with the Association to date?   I’m thrilled […]

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OCP Acquires 20% Stake in Fertinagro
July 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

OCP S.A. announced reaching agreement to acquire a 20% stake in Fertinagro Biotech. OCP, a Spanish company which manufactures and distributes a wide range of […]

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Sapec Acquires SDP
July 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Sapec Agro has acquired the French company SDP through its subsidiary Tradecorp. The acquisition of SDP, which has been present in the French market since […]

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UPL Pursuing Purchase of Arysta
July 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

UPL Ltd is pursuing a purchase of Arysta LifeScience business from Platform Specialty Products in a deal rumored to be valued at more than US$4 […]

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AgBiome and Max Planck Partner
July 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Results of AgBiome’s research partnership with Max Planck Institute were published in Cell Host and Microbe. Using AgBiome’s proprietary microbe collection, Max Planck researchers were […]

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Exosect Announces Licensing Agreement with Monsanto
July 2018
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Exosect Ltd announced a licensing deal with Monsanto to use its Entostat technology for the delivery of select agricultural biologicals as seed treatments. This deal […]

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Seipasa Doubles Production
July 2018
Company News

Seipasa has doubled its biopesticide production capacity following the expansion of its Valencia plant. Seipasa, a company specializing in the formulation, development and marketing of […]

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Indigo to Launch Indigo Insight
July 2018
Company News

Indigo Ag seeks to expand its footprint beyond biostimulants to precision ag by launching AgData Platform. By the end of 2018, the company is launching […]

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AgBiome Awarded Gates Foundation Grant
July 2018
Company News

AgBiome has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover and develop biological nematodes for root and tuber crops […]

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Valagro Launches Digital e-Hub
July 2018
Company News

Valagro has launched a digital e-Hub to provide know-how on biostimulants and plant nutrition to its partners, customers and distributors worldwide. In addition to updates […]

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Pheronym Receives Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Award
July 2018
Company News

Pheronym has received a Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership award for $300,000 which will help the company conduct field tests of its eco-friendly solution for nematode control. […]

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Vestaron Launches SPEAR-T
July 2018
Company News

Vestaron announced the launch of SPEAR-T bioinsecticide for greenhouse applications following final EPA approval of the manufacturing process. Based upon peptides found in spider venom, […]

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Biobest is on the Export Lion 2018 Award Shortlist
July 2018
Company News

Biobest has been shortlisted by Export Lion 2018, an award presented by Flanders Investment & Trade to companies that excel in export trade. Biobest was […]

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Trophées CCI France International 2018 Awards Staphyt
July 2018
Company News

Staphyt announced winning “best export performance award at Trophées CCI France International 2018, in Paris. The contest was organized by CCI France International with 600 […]

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Evogene Moves Biostimulant to Development Phase
July 2018
Company News

Evogene announced positive yield improvements in its biostimulant testing program for wheat. As a result of the positive findings, the program has been advanced from […]

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Bio Huma Netics Receives OMRI Certification
July 2018
Company News

Bio Huma Netics Inc. announced 10 products from its Fertilgold Organics line has received OMRI certification. These 10 products are currently available for sale to […]

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Bionema Completes £500,000 in Equity Investment
July 2018
Company News

Bionema Ltd announced the completion of a £500,000 equity investment led by an overseas private investor with co-investment from the Development Bank of Wales, Swansea […]

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AgBiome Secures $65 Million in Series C Financing
July 2018
Company News

AgBiome announced it has secured $65 million in Series C financing. The investment group includes: The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), Fidelity Management […]

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US Senate Passes US Farm Bill Without Biostimulants Definition
July 2018
Regulatory

The US Senate passed a US Farm Bill on June 28 which did not include a definition of biostimulants or any related language. However, Senator […]

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EU Regulation 2018/848 Published
July 2018
Regulatory

EU Regulation 2018/848 on organic production and labeling of organic products was published on 14 June 2018 and will repeal Regulation 834/2007 beginning 1 January […]

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Technical University Prof. Thomas Brück Develops CBTol
July 2018
Scientific Findings

Technical University of Munich researcher Prof. Thomas Brück is developing an insect repellent derived from the tobacco genome. The compound produced is cembratrienol (CBTol) which […]

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Tradecorp/Sapec Agro Acquires SDP 
July 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Sapec Agro Business announces the acquisition of French company SDP, through its subsidiary Tradecorp. The acquisition of SDP, which has been present in the French […]

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APIS Appoints Dr Rüdiger Hauschild
July 2018
BNA - Breaking News Alert

APIS (Applied Insect Science Ltd), a leading biopesticide contract research laboratory and regulatory consultancy based in the UK, is pleased to announce the appointment of […]

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