IBMA Vice-President election
All members were informed that our current IBMA Vice-President, Vittorio Veronelli from CBC Europe, is resigning from the Board and Executive Committee as per terms of appointment. He is ineligible for re-election. We have received four nominations from amongst our member companies. Active members have been invited to vote via e-vote and the closing date is 29th of September. The result of the election will be announced at the AGM on 23rd October during ABIM.
Call for candidates for Chair of Natural and Biochemical Products
A call for candidates for the Chair of Natural and Biochemical Products was sent to all members.
With just over a month to go to ABIM you can now find the programme of events on the ABIM website. For ABIM 2017 the two keynote speakers represent different aspects of biocontrol and will be presenting how their organisations have helped change pest management practices; Monday - Paul Koppert and Tuesday - Ulrich (Ulli) Kuhlmann. If you wish to avoid the queue at the registration desk at the Congress Center please remember to register on-line.
IBMA members are very welcome to attend the IBMA AGM which will take place on Monday 23rd October from 14.00-16.00.
Early Career Award from the Society of Invertebrate Pathology
Vera Ros was awarded the Early Career Award from the Society of Invertebrate Pathology at the conference of this society in San Diego (USA) last month. This award recognizes outstanding contributions from invertebrate pathologists who are in the early stage of their scientific career. Vera Ros is Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands). She is interested in the evolution of host-parasite interactions, with a strong focus on interactions between arthropods and micro-organisms.
Save the Date 31st January 2018
SUD Symposium on Arable Farming
European Parliament 15:00 to 19:00
Low Risk criteria published on 7th August 2017
Following final approval by the European Parliament the new criteria for Low Risk active substances is now definite and will go into force 20 days following this publication.
Biocontrols Mexico Conference & Expo
Latest developments in biological tools and techniques specific to specialty crop growers in Mexico.
Updated French list of 392 authorised biocontrol products
This updated list of biocontrol products was published in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food on 3rd August.
Biocontrol Africa Kenya 19th-20th March 2018
This is the first Africa-wide Biocontrol Industry meeting organized by NewAg International and 2BMonthly in conjunction with IBMA and local organizers. Registration opens on 5th September
Biocontrol LATAM Colombia November 2018
Preparations are underway for Biocontrol LATAM 2018. This is the second Latin America Biocontrol Industry meeting organised by NewAg International and 2BMonthly in conjunction with IBMA and local organisers. The final date will be announced shortly.
Ctgb Evaluation Manual Biopesticides
The Evaluation Manual Biopesticides describes in detail the data requirements and risk assessment for biopesticides.
CroProPol - A New Joint Study/Working Group (WG) for IOBC and ICPPR - Using Managed Pollinators to Disseminate Biological Control Agents & Natural Products for Crop Protection and Pollination
The aim of CroProPol is to bring interested parties together to develop concepts and to conduct Research and Development in using managed pollinators and other flower visitors to disseminate biological control agents.
14th IOBC-MRQA Workshop- Mass Rearing High Quality Invertebrates for Multiple Purposes, Mérida, Mexico 14-17 November, 2017
The workshop objective is to explore opportunities for advancing the rearing of high quality entomophagous and phytophagous insects and mites, entomopathogenic nematodes, and other invertebrates for plant and animal pest management, human and animal food, and a variety of other uses.
Bacillus thuringiensis, essential biocontrol product is given greenlight for safety by two world leading microbiologists.
In defence of Bacillus thuringiensis, the safest and most successful microbial insecticide available to humanity – a response to EFSA is the latest article published by Ben Raymond and Brian A Federici concerning one of the oldest and most used biocontrol product in the world.
REMINDER – ABIM 2017 Early bird fee and Bernard Blum Award Call for Nomination deadline
Please be reminded that for both the deadline is 15th July.
Workshop on Plant Protection Products – Biopesticides - Thursday September 21st and 28th and October 12th, 2017; Ctgb, The N00etherlands.
Ctgb experts will provide the new Biopesticides Evaluation Manual and guide you through the dossier requirements for substances and products based on micro-organisms, botanicals and pheromones.
FUTURE IPM IN EUROPE - The largest international event on “sustainable crop production and protection” 15-20 October 2017, PalaCongressi Riva del Garda – Italy
The main objective is to promote knowledge exchange among scientists, companies, advisors, farmers, policy makers and stakeholders, to identify approaches, tools and techniques to meet the future needs of crop protection.
Bernard Blum Award 2017 for Novel Biocontrol Solutions
IBMA proudly announces a unique opportunity to call for nominations for the 2017 Bernard Blum Award. An innovative biocontrol solution is sought that will make a high impact in the management of pests or diseases whilst having a low impact on human health and the environment. The call for nominations ends 15 July 2017.
IBMA and Copa- Cogeca Workshop on Regulatory Policy on Bacillus cereus - Conclusions and presentations available online
The purpose of the workshop was to demonstrate the safety of products and provide an open dialogue on this essential topic. Key food companies, food labs, biocontrol manufacturers, grower organizations, Commission and member state representatives as well as experts from academia attended.
Read the conclusions and find all the presentations on our website
REFIT procedure for Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 - Questionnaire for IBMA members to be answered by 30th June
IBMA invites members to report on their experience with the implementation of the PPP Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 396/2005. Please answer by 30th June.
ABIM 2017 Registration remains open with the early bird fee available until 15 July only
Register now for the most important biocontrol industry event of the year, to take place 23 - 25 October in Basel