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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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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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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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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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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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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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Biocontrols Mexico Conference & Expo

Latest developments in biological tools and techniques specific to specialty crop growers in Mexico.
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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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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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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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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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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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Ctgb Evaluation Manual Biopesticides

The Evaluation Manual Biopesticides describes in detail the data requirements and risk assessment for biopesticides.
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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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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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Workshop on Plant Protection Products – Biopesticides - Thursday September 21st and 28th and October 12th, 2017; Ctgb, The Netherlands.

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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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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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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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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ABIM 2017, 23 October - 25 October 2017, Basel, Switzerland

ABIM is the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry and is internationally recognised as the global platform for the industry to network, discover and unveil new products, market opportunities and research areas.
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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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The Standing Committee on plants, animals, food and feed voted unanimously the low-risk criteria.

IBMA welcome after a long period of consultation criteria for low-risk active substances for use in plant protection products - More information available on the European Commission website
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GFIA Europe, 9th and 10th May, Utrecht, The Netherlands - IBMA will be present!

Don’t miss IBMA Stand and presentations!
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Ambassadors plea for fast registration biological control products in Colombia

With a clear message, the Belgium and Dutch ambassadors in Colombia introduced an important meeting for Biobest and Koppert Colombia in Bogotá. “Take the opportunity that biological control brings. It is very interesting economically, and let´s not forget the health of the environment, the growers and the consumers,” argued Dutch ambassador Jeroen Roodenburg.
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5th Annual Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference: Registration of Plant Protection Products

In association with the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, the 5th Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference returns once again, focusing on the registration of plant protection products, specifically aimed at supporting SMEs.
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The European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of the Motion for a Resolution on low-risk pesticides of biological origin.

On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament adopted the Motion for a Resolution on faster access to the European market for biological low-risk pesticides during its plenary session in Strasbourg.
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The European Parliament ENVI Committee votes to speed up low-risk products registration

The European Parliament ENVI - Environment, Public Health and Food Safety- Committee votes 59 to 1 for a motion calling on DG Sante to modify 1107/2009 to speed up low-risk products registration within 2 years.
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IBMA and Copa-Cogeca Workshop to explore the implications of Bacillus cereus relating to the recent EFSA opinion on the safety microbial pesticides - 28th March - Brussels

Conclusions and Presentations available - IBMA, in collaboration with Copa-Cogeca, the European Farmers and European agri-cooperatives association, are organizing, a one-day workshop to explore the implications of Bacillus cereus relating to the recent EFSA opinion on the safety microbial pesticides.
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SCEPTRE + Response required by 11th January 2017

In early 2017 AHDB will launch a call for SCEPTRE+. The aim of the project is to deliver applied research on high priority disease, pest and weed problems in fresh produce and ornamental crops (Horticulture) in order to support approval of products and devise and develop IPM programmes.
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5th SUD Symposium: Unlocking the IPM triangle - Using Green tools 1st

IBMA, IOBC and PAN Europe are pleased to inform you that their 5th SUD Symposium: Unlocking the IPM triangle - Using Green tools 1st took place n the European Parliament, Brussels on Tuesday 7th February 2017 from 15.00 to 18.00. Discover the presentations and the conclusions!
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IBMA consolidated members' comments on COM proposal for a Regulation laying down rules on the making available on the market of CE marked fertilising products and amending Regulations (EC) No 1069/2009 and (EC) No 1107/2009


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Workshop for young scientists Development of Biological control products

BIOCOMES will organize a training workshop for young scientists on the development of economically and ecologically sustainable microbial biological control products on 17-19 January 2017 in Schwentinental, Germany.
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IBMA Press Release: IBMA Official response to the Implementation Plan on Acceleration of Sustainable Plant Protection: Priority for low-risk plant protection products

IBMA Official response to the Implementation Plan on Acceleration of Sustainable Plant Protection as proposed by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs: Priority for low-risk plant protection products, as indicated in the Preamble (17) of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, means prioritizing now
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Biocontrol Latam 2016 Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th November 2016 in São Paulo, Brasil

New Ag International, 2BMonthly, IBMA and ABCBio join forces to organise Biocontrol LATAM 2016 Conference & Exhibition - the largest international event to cover biocontrol in Latin America.
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ECPA-IBMA workshop - EFSA role in evaluation of PPPs - 7th and 8th June 2016 - Parma, Italy

IBMA and ECPA (the European Crop Protection Association) are once again organizing a joint workshop to discuss key developments in EFSA’s work related to the evaluation of active substances as well as scientific and new guidance development.
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Horizon 2020 project EMPHASIS - survey

The aim of the survey is to understand and investigate further the current needs of end users; in particular, in terms of the key pest threats, solutions applied to address them and likely shortcomings.
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Call Announcement 2nd call ERA-net C-IPM

The ERA-Net C-IPM, consists of a network of 32 partners from 21 European countries. The 2nd joint transnational call of this network opened for collaborative research projects on Thursday 31th March 2016, with a total budget of approx. 7.3 Million €.
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4th Annual Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference: Registration of Plant Protection Products,12th and 13th April in Budapest, Hungary

In association with the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture, the Eastern Europe Regulatory Conference on the registration of plant protection products, which was well attended by both industry professionals and representatives from across Europe, returns for its fourth year in Budapest.
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Biocontrol Latam, 15th-17th November, São Paulo (BRASIL)

New Ag International, 2BMonthly, IBMA and ABCBio join forces to organise Biocontrol LATAM 2016 Conference & Exhibition - the largest international event to cover biocontrol in Latin America.
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Biocontrol and Biopesticide Associations Form International Federation

WASHINGTON – February 2, 2016 – BioProtection Global (BPG) is the new name that has been adopted by the Federation of the world's leading Biocontrol and Biopesticide Associations, established in fall 2014.
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IBMA/PAN Europe Press Release: ‘’Sustainable use of pesticides: one year delay in publishing European Commission report’’

26 November 2015 – The European Commission has taken a full one year delay in submitting a report to the Parliament and the Council on increased use of alternatives for pest and disease control. Let us hope that this does not reflect an overall low ambition of Europe to reduce the risk to human health and the environment through implementation of sustainable use of pesticides.
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IBMA Member Bio-ferm looks for an International Product Registration

As a start-up company of a group of companies with worldwide activities, Bio-ferm is specialized in the development and production of novel, innovative and intelligent plant protection products.
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Symposium “Feeding Europe while reducing pesticide dependency“. Presentations available

We would like to thank all the speakers for having participated to our 4th Symposium on the 19th November and contributed to this debate. Their presentations are available here.
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The EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility has started!

On 1st September Mr Jeroen Meeussen started work as coordinator for the new EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility. Minor uses of pesticides are uses on niche crops with a high economic value for farmers, but usually of low economic interest for the agro-pesticide industry. The mission of the Facility is 'to enable farmers in the EU to produce high quality crops by filling minor uses gaps through efficient collaboration to improve availability of chemical and non-chemical tools within an integrated pest management (IPM) framework’.
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BPIA Selects Experienced Environmental Attorney and Association Executive as New Executive Director

On the10th August the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) announced it selection of Keith Jones as its new executive director.
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A new COST Action (FA1405) was approved

It is entitled “Using three-way interactions between plants, microbes and arthropods to enhance crop protection and production”.
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Exhibition Integrated Pest Management: Working with nature

With their exhibition IOBC-wprs. IBMA and PAN Europe wish to illustrate what Integrated Pest Management means, and how the Sustainable Use Directive can be implemented.
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The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association celebrates its 20 year anniversary.

In 1995 Bernard Blum called a number of companies together to develop the idea of the formation of a biocontrol association. These visionary leaders anticipated an important and growing industry in the field of plant protection.
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Bernard Blum Award for Novel Biocontrol Solutions

IBMA is very proud to announce a unique opportunity to call for nominations from the industry for novel biocontrol solutions that will make an impact on this rapidly growing market.
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IPM: THE 10 YEAR PLAN

[INCORPORATING THE 2015 BEWLEY LECTURE] CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE 31 JULY 2015
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Biopesticides – Innovative technologies and strategies for pest control - 7th - 9th September 2015 at Swansea University

Another meeting of interest for the biocontrol industry
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Two events of interest for our industry

The Prague Biocides Conference 2015 (25-26 June 2015) and the 2015 BPIA Registration Workshop (15-16 September 2015) Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA
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University of Warwick’s 50th year - Events in Brussels on Bee Health and IPM

On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June 2015, the third of University of Warwick's 50th Anniversary international events takes place in Brussels. Led by the University of Warwick's Global Research Priorities (GRP) programmes , this event will bring together Warwick and Brussels' experts working in the field of Food and Global Governance.
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Copa Cogeca Magazine: EU Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives

''Demand for bio-pesticides really growing,but hindered by long, overly bureaucratic regulatory system.'' IBMA President warns.
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International PHYTOMA-Spain Encounter on DROSOPHILA SUZUKII

Ecology and control of Drosophila suzukii after five years in our crops
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Bogus e-mails

It has come to IBMA's attention that emails are being sent at random using the IBMA logo and brand to lure people to click on malicious links. We would like to point out that these emails are not being sent from IBMA. We urge everyone NOT to click the link and delete the mail immediately.
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Fruit Logistica 2015

IBMA was present at Fruit Logistica in Berlin between the 4th and the 5th February for the sixth time in its history
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IBMA Spain - 13th Symposium of Plant Protection

IBMA Spain participated in the 13 Symposium of Plant Protection, that has been held in Sevilla, days 28,29 and 30th january 2015.
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IBMA Spain in SMARTFRUIT

IBMA Spain participated in SmartFruit IPM International Congress Edition, 11th to 12th March 2015 in Barcelona.
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PAN Europe - IBMA Joint Press release

On the 26th November 2014, PAN Europe and IBMA sent a joint press release.
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Bernard Blum passed away

In August 2014, Bernard Blum, one of IBMA founding members, suddenly left us.
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