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Article Issue: December 2020

Biobest Acquires Beneficial Insectary
December 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Biobest Group NV, through its subsidiary Biobest USA, Inc., has acquired Beneficial Insectary Inc., North America’s independent producer of beneficial insects and mites. Sinthya Penn […]

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The Mosaic Company and BioConsortia Enter Collaboration
December 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

The Mosaic Company and BioConsortia, Inc. have entered into a collaboration to develop and launch nitrogen-fixing microbial products for corn, wheat and other major non-legume […]

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Rizobacter and Syngenta Further Alliance
December 2020
Company News

Rizobacter and Syngenta Argentina took another step further in their alliance. After starting to distribute Rizoderma – the biological fungicide developed by Rizobacter and Instituto […]

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IBMA Elects Herman Van Mellaert President
December 2020
Personnel

The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) has elected Biobest’s Herman Van Mellaert as president. Van Mellaert will take over from Sylvia Plak, outgoing president, at […]

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Amoéba Announces LOI with PHILAGRO France
December 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Amoéba announced the signature of a letter of intent (LOI) with PHILAGRO France, concerning the development and marketing of its biocontrol product against vine downy […]

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Azotic Announces Agreement with NexusBioAg
December 2020
Company News

Azotic North America has announced an agreement with NexusBioAg to provide national distribution of Envita across Canada. Envita N-fixing bacteria, a microbial biostimulant for corn […]

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Cultiva Appoints Christina Coen VP Nalco Water
December 2020
Personnel

Cultiva LLC, a provider of proprietary, food-grade biofilms used in agricultural markets, announced the appointment of Christina Coen, vice president and general manager of Nalco […]

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University of Brasília and Embrapa Collaborate on Arboline
December 2020
Company News

A partnership between the University of Brasília and Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, has resulted in a product called Arboline, which is described as […]

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BioForest Registers LALCIDE CHONDRO
December 2020
Company News

BioForest/Lallemand Inc. (BioForest) has registered LALCIDE CHONDRO bioherbicide for control of glossy and common buckthorn in Canada. The active ingredient is a naturally occurring wood […]

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Molly Mathews Joins Cultiva
December 2020
Personnel

Molly Mathews joins Cultiva as technical sales representative for Northern California and Southern Oregon. Mathews has held prior roles as agriculture standards Inspector with Yolo County, […]

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Rafhan Maize Products Builds Dedicated Lab for AflaPak
December 2020
Company News

Rafhan Maize Products Co. Ltd has begun building an AflaPak dedicated laboratory and production facility in Faisalabad which will be the first commercial facility in […]

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Idai Nature Launches PORTENTO
December 2020
Company News

Idai Nature, France, has launched PORTENTO, a biological fungicide based on a new generation strain of Bacillus subtilis. The strain has several action mechanisms: once […]

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Jacquilyne Gandara Joins Cultiva
December 2020
Personnel

Jacquilyne Gandara joins Cultiva as formulation chemist. Gandara was most recently at MGK, Inc., in a similar role, and has previous experience as a chemist with […]

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Chr. Hansen Extends FreshQ
December 2020
Company News

Chr. Hansen extends its FreshQ bioprotection solution into the fermented plant-based segment. FreshQ DA consists of lactic acid bacteria selected for its ability to out-compete […]

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Trials and Tribulation Conducting Trials During a Disruptive Year
December 2020
Special Feature

Despite the challenges thrown up in 2020, the Plants for Plants project, led by Van Iperen and LandLab, has managed to hold field trials and […]

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Seipasa Obtains UNE 142500 Certification for Bryosei and Superbrotal
December 2020
Company News

Seipasa has obtained UNE 142500 certification (inputs to be used in organic plant production, including fertilizers, soil conditioners and substrates) for its Kynetic4, Bryosei and […]

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BPIA Leadership Speaks
December 2020
Executives Speak

On November 24, US EPA made public its updated draft guidance document for Plant Regulators and Claims, Including Plant Biostimulants. The comment period for this […]

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Amoéba Completes MTA with Gowan
December 2020
Company News

Amoéba has completed another material transfer agreement (MTA, this time with Gowan Company. The purpose of the research partnership is the provision by Amoéba of […]

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Dr. Nicole Hart Managing Director Afrikelp
December 2020
Executives Speak

In November 2020, Dr. Nicole Hart became managing director of Afrikelp®, a liquid biostimulant producer in South Africa. Exclusive to 2BMonthly, Hart provides an overview […]

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Heliae Agriculture Collaborates with WinField
December 2020
Company News

Heliae Agriculture is collaborating with WinField United Canada to integrate Heliae’s PhycoTerra soil microbe food into Winfield’s product and technology offerings. PhycoTerra provides a balanced […]

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Russell IPM Study Traps for Frankliniella occidentalis
December 2020
Scientific Findings

Frankliniella occidentalis causes significant damage to berry crops in Mexico. Traps may be used for monitoring or mass-trapping thrips populations. Generally, colour traps are used […]

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Guangdong and Valagro Sign Distribution Agreement for Megafol and MC Extra
December 2020
Company News

Guangdong Just Agrotech Co., Ltd. and Valagro (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd. signed a nationwide distribution agreement for Megafol and MC Extra. The two companies expressed […]

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Researchers Modify Natural Plant Alkaloids
December 2020
Scientific Findings

Researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have modified natural plant alkaloids into new compounds that kill bacteria responsible for diseases in […]

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Omex Report Results from Applications of OMEX Bio 20 and OMEX CalMax Gold
December 2020
Company News

Omex has reported on field trail results for its biostimulant products on mangoes in Mexico. The company reported that applications of OMEX Bio 20 and […]

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Oregon State University Researchers Discover Microscopic Soil-dwelling Nematode
December 2020
Scientific Findings

Oregon State University researchers have discovered a microscopic soil-dwelling nematode on the school’s Corvallis campus that could be an important tool against invasive slugs that […]

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Sound Agriculture and Syngenta Form Strategic Partnership
December 2020
Company News

Sound Agriculture and Syngenta have formed a strategic partnership to explore opportunities to decrease nitrogen fertilizer use in China by up to 30 percent while […]

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ARS Scientists Confirm Shoot Tip-galling Fly Established
December 2020
Scientific Findings

US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have confirmed a biocontrol insect they have been releasing to fight the invasive weed known as Cape-ivy has become […]

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EBIC Announces New Board
December 2020
Company News

The European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC) announced its new board at its AGM on 24 November. The current EBIC president and CEO of Italpollina, Luca […]

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Researchers in Russia Use Horsetail Extract to Fight Potato Blight
December 2020
Scientific Findings

A new biopesticide to combat potato late blight may be in the works soon after researchers in Russia discovered that horsetail extract looked promising for […]

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AminoA Launches AminoA STAART
December 2020
Company News

UK biotechnology company AminoA launched a new seed treatment that maximizes early crop vigour and emergence. AminoA STAART, fully approved for use in organic systems […]

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Symborg Recruits Francisco Javier García Domínguez
December 2020
Personnel

Symborg has recruited Francisco Javier García Domínguez as the new chief marketing officer. He will be leading the marketing strategy at the international level and […]

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MustGrow Obtains Patent Licensing from the University of Idaho
December 2020
Company News

MustGrow Biologics Corp has obtained exclusive patent licensing from the University of Idaho pertaining to a natural biopesticide mustard-based treatment of stored produce and other […]

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Vestaron Names Jason Noel Vice President of Operations
December 2020
Personnel

Vestaron Corp. has named Jason Noel as vice president of operations. Noel joined Vestaron in September 2019 as the fermentation subject matter expert for the […]

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Koppert Biological Systems Acquires Geocom
December 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Koppert Biological Systems has acquired Geocom, headquartered in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil. Operating in the field of agricultural technology, Geocom is a pioneer in […]

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Aphea.Bio Secures €14 Million Series B Round
December 2020
Company News

Aphea.Bio, a Belgium-based agtech startup, has secured a €14 million Series B round led by Astanor Ventures and joined by current shareholders V-Bio Ventures, Agri […]

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Kristine Dyer Biological Solutions Advisor at BioWorks
December 2020
Personnel

Kristine Dyer has been named biological solutions advisor at BioWorks. In this position, Dyer will increase BioWorks’ ability to deliver personalized solutions, programs and support […]

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Valent BioSciences Establishes Dedicated Biorational Research Unit in Japan
December 2020
Company News

Valent BioSciences LLC is expanding its research collaboration with parent company Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. by establishing a dedicated Biorational Research Unit at Sumitomo Chemical’s […]

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Jean-Christophe Juilliard Joins Olmix Group as CEO
December 2020
Personnel

Jean-Christophe Juilliard has joined Olmix Group as CEO. He will manage the group’s development and make it an international key player for solutions promoting an […]

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Koppert Acquires Geocom
December 2020
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Koppert Biological Systems, world leader in biological crop control, has acquired Geocom, headquartered in Lençóis Paulista - São Paulo, Brazil. Operating in the field of […]

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Biobest Acquires Beneficial Insectary
December 2020
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Beneficial Insectary Inc., North America’s largest independent producer of beneficial insects and mites, and Biobest Group NV, a leading global player in biocontrol and pollination […]

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