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Article Issue: May 2020

TOOPI Raises More than a Million Euros
May 2020
Company News

The startup TOOPI Organics has raised more than one million euros to transform urine into biostimulant-enhanced fertilizer. The company will open its first production unit […]

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India Sets Up Regulatory Body for Biostimulants
May 2020
Regulatory

India’s government is close to announcing guidelines to regulate the Rs 1,500 crore market of biostimulants (USD 200 million) and plans to set up a […]

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Syngenta Includes Rizobacter Fungicide in Seed Treatment
May 2020
Company News

Syngenta is including a fungicide of biological synthesis developed by Rizobacter, together with INTA, in its seed treatment products portfolio. The therapeutic formulation is based […]

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ZHAW's Dr. Johannes Fahrentrapp
May 2020
Executives Speak

Dr. Johannes Fahrentrapp, a Research Fellow at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), talks to Luke Hutson, 2BMonthly Editor, about his project on an automated […]

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Amoéba Enters MTA with Bayer
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Amoéba entered into a material transfer agreement (MTA) with Bayer to evaluate the performance of Amoéba’s biocontrol solutions containing the amoeba lysate Willaertia magna C2c […]

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Syngenta and Novozymes Enter Commercialization Phase of Taegro
May 2020
Company News

Syngenta and Novozymes have entered the commercialization phase of Taegro. The two companies joined forces in 2012 to develop and market the product and have […]

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Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy USDA ARS
May 2020
Executives Speak

Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy with USDA Agricultural Research Service (formerly at Montana State University Western Triangle Ag Research Center, Montana, U.S.) recently received a patent […]

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Amoéba Signs Agreement with Syngenta
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Amoéba has also signed an evaluation and testing agreement with Syngenta whereby Syngenta will test different concepts based on Amoeba's Willaertia magna C2c Maky amoeba […]

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Cultiva Receives $2.94 Million Investment
May 2020
Company News

Advantage Capital has made a US$2.94 million investment in Las Vegas-based Cultiva, LLC.  The investment will allow Cultiva to expand research and development as well […]

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USDA ARS Discovers Chromobacterium phragmitis
May 2020
Scientific Findings

A team of USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have discovered a new species of bacteria – Chromobacterium phragmitis – that may help keep destructive […]

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Phagelux AgriHealth Collaborates with De Ceuster Meststoffen
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Phagelux AgriHealth, Inc. has entered into an exclusive European sales, marketing and product development collaboration with Belgian company De Ceuster Meststoffen (DCM) for its AgriPhage […]

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Certis Establishes Biorationals Innovation Team
May 2020
Company News

A new Biorationals Innovation Team has been established in Certis Europe. The new team will provide a dedicated resource focused on greening up the company’s […]

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Franciska de Vries and Dr. Chris Knight Study Root Exudate
May 2020
Scientific Findings

Professor Franciska de Vries, previously with The University of Manchester now working at The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, and co-author […]

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IALR and LiveGrow Bio Partner
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and LiveGrow Bio have partnered to develop microbial biostimulant and biocontrol solutions for growers and the agriculture […]

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Pivot Bio Closes $100 Million Series C Funding Round
May 2020
Company News

Pivot Bio closed its $100 million Series C funding round co-led by return investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures and global investment company Temasek. Seed and Series […]

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Penn State Researchers Study Metarhizium robertsii
May 2020
Scientific Findings

According to Penn State researchers, a common soil fungus might be enlisted as a powerful partner by corn producers to suppress pests and promote plant […]

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BVT Enters Agreement with Alumina Partners
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (BVT) has entered into a definitive agreement with Alumina Partners (Ontario) Ltd., a New York-based private equity firm, that secures […]

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Andermatt Tutavir Granted Emergency Registration
May 2020
Company News

Andermatt Biocontrol’s Tutavir was granted emergency registration on May 4 in Greece and Cyprus against tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta) in tomato production. Based on a […]

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Patrick Fallet of University of Neuchâtel and CABI Collaborates with RAB
May 2020
Scientific Findings

PhD student Patrick Fallet from the University of Neuchâtel and CABI in Switzerland is collaborating with plant protection scientists of Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resource […]

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Wilbur-Ellis Enters Distribution Agreement with Vestaron
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Wilbur-Ellis has entered into a distribution agreement with Vestaron Corporation to semi-exclusively distribute Spear-Lep, Vestaron’s peptide-based bioinsecticide for broad spectrum lepidopteran control on tree fruit, […]

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MicroGen Raises $3.8 Million
May 2020
Company News

Ireland-based MicroGen Biotech has raised $3.8 million (€3.47 million) in a funding round led by a number of top US and European agtech investors. The […]

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EA to Release a Butterfly to Control Miconia calvenscens
May 2020
Scientific Findings

A draft environmental assessment (EA) for the release of a biocontrol insect to manage invasive miconia trees has been filed by the Hawaii Department of […]

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Timac Agro Acquires NBT
May 2020
Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

Timac Agro has acquired the agricultural division of New Bio Technic (NBT), a company specialized in biotechnology. The acquisition will allow Timac Agro to strengthen […]

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Biotalys Announces Results of BioFun-1 Field Trials
May 2020
Company News

Biotalys NV announced the results from more than 100 field trials with its first biofungicide, BioFun-1, which is on track to launch in the US […]

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University of Kentucky Researchers Study Sugarcane Aphid
May 2020
Scientific Findings

University of Kentucky researchers are exploring alternative methods to control sugarcane aphid in sweet sorghum. Through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) On-Farm […]

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DunhamTrimmer Releases Global Biostimulants Market Report
May 2020
Company News

DunhamTrimmer, global leader in business intelligence for the biocontrols and biostimulants industries, has released its Global Biostimulants Market Report. Spanning nearly 300 pages, the groundbreaking […]

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Lavie Bio Receives Strategic Equity Investment from Corteva
May 2020
Company News

Lavie Bio, established in February 2019, has received a strategic equity investment from Corteva, which included US$10 million and the transfer of Corteva’s holdings in […]

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Boyce Thompson Institute, USDA-ARS and UW to Control HLB
May 2020
Scientific Findings

Researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute, the US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the University of Washington (UW), led by Michelle Heck, […]

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GROPRO Launches Vigilance Nematicide
May 2020
Company News

GROPRO, Corp., a US based producer and supplier of bio crop protection products, recently launched into the agricultural market with a variety of products, including […]

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MustGrow Begins Registration of TerraMG
May 2020
Company News

MustGrow Biologics Corp. has initiated its South American strategy for biopesticide registration of TerraMG for use in several crop groups. TerraMG is MustGrow’s mustard-derived liquid […]

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Cochineal Dactylopius opuntiae More Effective on Opuntia stricta
May 2020
Scientific Findings

CABI scientists have revealed that the cochineal Dactylopius opuntiae ‘stricta’ biotype is more effective as a sustainable biocontrol in the fight against the invasive erect […]

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Marrone Reports 11% Revenue Increase
May 2020
Company News

In its first quarter ended March 31, 2020, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. reported its revenues increased 11 percent to $9.7 million. Key sales for the […]

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FBSciences Registers FBS Transit
May 2020
Company News

FBSciences announces the registration of its proprietary biostimulant technology, FBS Transit, under the REACH regulation of the European Union. FBS Transit is a nutrient use […]

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Matt Hostetler Joins Certis
May 2020
Personnel

Matt Hostetler has joined Certis USA as Central Plains regional manager. Hostetler will be responsible for the sales and marketing of the company’s biopesticide products […]

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Andermatt Obtains Emergency Registration Madex Max
May 2020
Company News

Andermatt Biocontrol’s Madex Max has been granted an emergency registration for the use in walnuts against codling moths in Belgium, and is available at Hermoo […]

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Nitroterra Secures €1 Million Investment
May 2020
Company News

Slovak startup Nitroterra has secured over €1 million of investment provided by CB Growth ONE. Founded in 2018, Nitroterra is building a platform to expand […]

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BioWorks Names Doug Barrow Biological Control Advisor
May 2020
Personnel

Doug Barrow has been named biological control advisor at BioWorks. In his new position, Barrow will be increasing BioWorks ability to deliver personalized programs and […]

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OHP Adds Grotto
May 2020
Company News

OHP, Inc., has added Grotto fungicide/bactericide to its stable of pest control solutions for the ornamental industry. Grotto is an OMRI-listed copper octanoate, broad-spectrum fungicide […]

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Marrone Receives Approval for Regalia Maxx in Canada
May 2020
Company News

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.’s Regalia Maxx biofungicide received the first approval for indoor and outdoor use on cannabis and hemp in Canada. The Ontario Ministry […]

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AlgaEnergy Recruits New Executive Leadership Team
May 2020
Personnel

AlgaEnergy S.A has recruited a new executive leadership team to drive growth in the United States and Mexico. Bill Schwoerer joins AlgaEnergy as national sales […]

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Biotalys Forms SAB
May 2020
Company News

Biotalys NV announced the formation of a scientific advisory board (SAB) comprised of industry experts and thought leaders to provide scientific and technical advice aiming […]

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APHIS Considers Releasing Aphelinus hordei
May 2020
Regulatory

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering allowing the release of a small, stingless parasitoid wasp, Aphelinus hordei, as a biological […]

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MycoNourish Completes a £150K Funding Round
May 2020
Company News

MycoNourish, a new biotechnology company and spin-out of the James Hutton Institute, announced the completion of a £150K funding round led by Techstart Ventures. Combined […]

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Seipasa Registers Seican in California
May 2020
Regulatory

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has recently granted Seipasa’s Seican biopesticide registration approval for use in the state. Seican is broad spectrum biopesticide based […]

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Corteva and M2i Announce Agreements
May 2020
BNA - Breaking News Alert

Corteva Agriscience, a leading pure-play agriculture company, and M2i, a leader in the field of pheromones for biological crop protection, announced multi-year global agreements for […]

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