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2017-11-06

Updated French list of authorized biocontrol products

The updated French biocontrol plant protection products list was published in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food on 18 October 2017. These products include secondary authorisations and import in parallel trade.
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2017-11-06

Vittorio Veronelli Honorary Member

Vittorio has served as IBMA Vice President from 2012-2017. His commitment to and input in IBMA has always been very valuable and we owe him a great deal of thanks for so many years of service. His long lasting and outstanding services to IBMA have been recognised with an Honorary Membership. Read more about Vittorios service to IBMA on our website.
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2017-11-06

Members Directory 2018

The closing date for approving your company’s entry for the IBMA Members Directory 2018 is fast approaching. Please remember to update your entries by Tuesday 14th November 2017. New member companies (since September 2018) will be contacted during the week to confirm their entries.
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2017-10-24

Bernard Blum Award winner 2017

Winner of Bernard Blum Award 2017 is CBC Europe for the product TREMOS, a digital electronic system used to disrupt location and mating of leafhopper species.
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2017-10-24

ABIM 2017 Article

Article on ABIM 2017 was published in New Ag International (English version). This will also be published in the New Ag International Spanish and Chinese versions later in Nov-Dec 2017.
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2017-10-19

Three finalists for Bernard Blum Award announced

IBMA are delighted to announce the three finalist products for the 2017 Bernard Blum Award.
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2017-10-12

Foundation of IBMA Kenya

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association of Kenya (IBMA Kenya) was launched on Friday 15th September 2017 at the Naivasha Hortifair. In the last 10 years biocontrol in Kenya has grown and this transition has occurred as a result of various driving forces including consumer demand, overcoming pesticide resistance and environmental concern. However, the wide spread adoption by Kenyan growers has only been achieved through locally available biological control agents and service providers that provide affordable biological solutions.
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2017-10-13

Five Products Shortlisted for the 2017 Bernard Blum Award

Five products have been shortlisted for the Bernard Blum Award in 2017.
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2017-09-28

Master in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems (Plant Health)

The European Master degree in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems (PlantHealth) is a fully integrated and globally competitive Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, designed by leading European universities in the field of Crop Protection which provides top-level and up-to-date education, qualifying graduates to cope with the challenges in contemporary and future plant health management related to global food safety issues. The next call for student applications is end of October 2017.
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2017-09-28

Special feature on Biocontrol in International Pest Control September/October issue

A special five page feature titled “The Biocontrol world meets at ABIM” has been published in the September/October issue of International Pest Control. The article gives information on the exhibition and details some programme highlights to look forward to. A full exhibitor reference guide is also included
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2017-09-28

Note to economic operators and related Q&A document for Brexit published on the SANTE webpage

Following discussions on Brexit earlier this year a note to economic operators and the related Q&A document for Brexit has been published on the SANTE webpage.
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2017-09-20

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.
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2017-09-20

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.
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2017-09-20

ABIM 2017

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.
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2017-09-20

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.
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2017-09-21

Save the Date 31st January 2018

SUD Symposium on Arable Farming European Parliament 15:00 to 19:00
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2017-08-16

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.
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2017-08-30

Biocontrols Mexico Conference & Expo

Latest developments in biological tools and techniques specific to specialty crop growers in Mexico.
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2017-08-16

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.
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2017-08-16

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
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2017-08-16

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.
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2017-07-19

Ctgb Evaluation Manual Biopesticides

The Evaluation Manual Biopesticides describes in detail the data requirements and risk assessment for biopesticides.
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2017-07-19

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.
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2017-07-19

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.
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2017-07-05

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.
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2017-06-20

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
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2017-07-06

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.
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2017-05-23

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.
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2017-06-20

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.
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2017-06-20

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
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2017-07-05

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.
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2017-07-05

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.
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