Bernard Blum Award for Novel Biocontrol Solutions
IBMA announces three products shortlisted for the Bernard Blum Award !
9 October 2018 - Three Products Shortlisted for the 2019 Bernard Blum Award
Three products are now on the shortlist for the 2019 Bernard Blum Award for novel biocontrol solutions:
- Andermatt Biocontrol, for the product Tutavir, which contains a Phthorimaea operculella granulovirus (PhopGV) for selective control of the tomato leafminer. It is well suited for population and damage control. Due to its high specificity, Tutavir is the best candidate for integrated pest management programs. Furthermore, because of its unique mode of action, Tutavir is an important tool for resistance management in conventional and biological production systems. Tutavir is an effective tool for the sustainable control of one of the most destructive tomato pests, which has developed widespread resistance to many active substances.
- Biohelp GmbH in cooperation with University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) for the product Ailantex®. Ailantex® is a microbial herbicide for the control of the highly invasive neophyte Ailanthus altissima (“Tree of heaven”). The Tree of heaven, which is a very fast growing tree species, adapted to poor soils and warm climate was originally imported as an ornamental tree to Europe. Meanwhile, it has developed into a severe threat because it may cause significant damage to buildings and infrastructure facilities, such as railway tracks, roads, embankments or pipeline routes. With Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1262 of 25 July 2019, Ailanthus altissima has also been included in the “list of invasive alien species of Union concern”. A team of researchers from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, detected and isolated a virulent strain of the naturally occurring fungus Verticillium nonalfalfae. For the biological control of Ailanthus altissima, a spore suspension is directly injected into the tree. After inoculation, fungal spores of Verticillium nonalfalfae are distributed in the sap stream. Germinated spores in turn form local mycelium aggregations, which release enzymes and toxins into the water transport tissue. This leads to withering and subsequent decay of the plants. The first symptoms can occur 4-6 weeks after inoculation if applied early and under favourable conditions. In the case of large trees, the effect is usually only visible in the following year. The present strain of Verticillium nonalfalfae has a high host specificity. Moreover, Verticillium nonalfalfae can spread into neighboring shoots if they are connected to an infected tree by root runners, so it is not necessary to treat each tree individually. For this reason, Ailantex is a highly efficient and environmentally sustainable method for the control of Ailanthus altissima with just a single
- Gowan Crop Protection for the product EcoSwing, a botanical, biologically based fungicide. Examples of pests controlled are powdery mildew, botrytis, and monilinia. EcoSwing is a biofungicide for use on growing crops in agricultural, greenhouse, ornamental and turf use sites to control fungal diseases such as powdery mildew (oidiums), sour rot, and Botrytis cinerea. Optimum disease control is achieved when the biofungicide is used according to label directions and applied in a regularly scheduled preventative spray program. The use of EcoSwing is compatible with the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and programs that attempt to minimize disease resistance to fungicides. Unlike single-site mode of action fungicides, which are at risk from disease resistance, EcoSwing has a multi-site mode of action, and may be used to delay or prevent the development of resistance to single site fungicides.
The winner of the 2019 Bernard Blum Award will be announced during ABIM. IBMA will award a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complementary registration for ABIM 2020 and the three shortlisted finalists will have a poster to display their innovations on the Bernard Blum Award booth at ABIM 2019.
Bernard Blum Award 2019 for Novel Biocontrol Solutions
List of nominees
|Agrauxine by Lesaffre||Julietta|
|Andermatt Biocontrol AG||Tutavir|
|APEO||Bio Herbicides Portfolio: APEO 01, 02 & 03|
|biohelp GmbH in cooperation with BOKU Vienna||Ailantex|
|BIOLINE AGROSCIENCES||TRICHOLINE VITIS|
|CBC (Europe) Srl - BIOGARD Div.||BIOOtwin L|
|Gowan Crop Protection||EcoSwing|
Nomintations in detail:
Agrauxine by Lesaffre for the product Julietta, a biofungicide based on a specific strain of Saccharomyces
cerevisia LAS02, against the botrytis on grapevine, table grape, vegetables and fruits production and against
monilial in orchards.
APEO for the product Bio Herbicides Portfolio: APEO 01 (targetting Dicots weeds and moss in Home and Garden use), APEO 02 (against Dicot and monocot weeds also in professional agriculture) & APEO 03 (specific weeds such as CHEAL, FUMOF, TAROF & SONAR).
BIOLINE AGROSCIENCES for the product TRICHOLINE VITIS, a biocontrol solution to fight against the Grape Berry Moths (GBM) of the vineyard.
biohelp GmbH in cooperation with University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) for the product Ailantex.
CBC (Europe) Srl - BIOGARD Div. for the product BIOOtwin L, biodegradable dispensers for the control of
Lobesia botrana in grapes.
Gowan Crop Protection for the product EcoSwing, a botanical, biologically based fungicide. Examples of
pests controlled are powdery mildew, botrytis, and monilinia.
Andermatt Biocontrol AG for the product Tutavir, which contains a Phthorimaea operculella granulovirus (PhopGV) for selective control of the tomato leafminer.
It is expected that the winning entry will have a high impact in management of pests or diseases whilst having a low impact on human health and the environment.
As with our winning entry from Vestaron in 2015, Agrauxine Le Saffre in 2016, CBC Europe in 2017 and Marrone Bio Innovations in 2018, there will be a permanent linking of the winner and their contribution to our industry with our founding father Bernard Blum whom the award and trophy is dedicated to again in this 24th anniversary of the formation of IBMA as an association.
Every year since 2015, an independent jury selects among a number of entries a winning biocontrol product which provides an effective solution in the management of pests or diseases while having a low impact on human health and the environment. A second and third place are also awarded.
The winners are announced at the IBMA Annual General Assembly during ABIM in Basel, Switzerland. In 2017, CBC Europe won the Bernard Blum Award for the product TREMOS, a digital electronic system used to disrupt location and mating of leafhopper species. The second place went to LifeGard® from Certis USA L.L.C and the Ulti-Mite Swirski from Koppert Biological Systems was awarded third place.
The Bernard Blum Award Booth at ABIM 2018
Previous winners of the Bernard Blum Award:
||Marrone Bio Innovations|
|2nd Place||Eco-Noc (Nomu-Protec)||Plant Health Products|
|2nd Place||LifeGard®||Certis USA|
|3rd Place||Ulti-Mite Swirski||Koppert|
|2nd Place||Attracap®||Biocare GmbH|
|3rd Place||Isonet® LPF||Shin-Etsu & CBC (Europe)|
|2nd Place||PMV® -01||DCM & De Ceuster|
|3rd Place||Flying Doctors®||Biobest|
Bernard Blum award 2018
Meet this year's winning product !
The winner of the 2018 Bernard Blum Award is Burkholderia by Marrone Bio Innovations, a new species of non-living bacteria, which produces several natural compounds. Congratulations for producing this innovative solution which works threefold: as a nematicide, a herbicide and an insecticide !
Find here the presentation on the winning product given by Pam Marrone on 22 October at ABIM.
Visit the Bernard Blum booth number 6 at ABIM or booth number 22 for Marrone !
Three products shortlisted for the 2018 Bernard Blum Award
The three products shortlisted underline our industry's innovative character:
COS-OGA by FytoFend
is efficient in controlling a wide range of plant diseases caused by Oomycetes and fungi. The commercial formulation FytoSave® contains 12.5 g/L of COS-OGA and is registered in Europe for the control of powdery mildews on vegetables including Solanaceae, cucurbits but also small fruits (strawberry, blackberry and raspberry), roses, bulb flowers, herbs and aromatic plants. On grapevine, FytoSave® is registered against powdery mildew (Erysiphe necator) but also against downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola). Novel uses of FytoSave® will soon include protection against rice blast (Pyricularia oryzae), apple scab (Venturia inaequalis) and black leaf streak disease of banana (Pseudocercospora fijiensis).
Burkholderia by Marrone Bio Innovations
is a range of products based on a new species of non-living bacteria, Burkholderia rinojensis, discovered by Marrone Bio Innovations, which produces several natural compounds (some known, but not as pesticides, and some novel) with pesticidal activity that work together to control a broad range of pests and weeds. MBI has developed a manufacturing process that minimizes the herbicidal compounds for Majestene and Venerate, while a different manufacturing process maximizes the herbicidal compounds to create MBI-014 bioherbicide. While its efficacy spectrum is very broad on pests, it is non-toxic or low risk to non-target organisms, it is for example non-toxic to honeybees and does not affect pollination. We do not know of another microorganism where multiple products have been developed across such a broad range of targets – weeds, insect, mites and nematodes. Bacillus thuringiensis with its many strains and subspecies is the closest example, but Bt does not cross this many groups of pests and weeds.
ECO-NOC (Nomu-Protec) by Plant Health Products
This microbial bioinsecticide targets lepidopteran pests, especially from the Noctuidae family which includes economically harmful pests such as the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) and African bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera), as well as other Spodoptera spp. Crops such as maize, soybean and wheat are targeted by these lepidopteran pests. The crucial impact on these staple foods in Africa and other parts of the world (FAO, 1995) has been underlined by the recent accidental introduction of fall armyworm into Africa, having massive implications for food security on the continent. Eco-Noc is an ecologically sustainable and environmentally safe pest control solution which can be used within Pest Management (IPM) to mitigate the impact of the fall armyworm. Although there are other products based on Metarhizium anisopliae that are available globally, this will be the first product to use the species Metarhizium rileyi (previously Nomuraea rileyi). This species is very different from other Metarhizium species in that it is more specific to its insect hosts. In addition, the species is more difficult to grow in culture and mass produce (Song, 2013). Scientists at Plant Health Products have developed unique methods to overcome these challenges and in so doing can successfully produce Metarhizium rileyi fungal spores for use as the active ingredient in the product.
List of nominees 2018
Since 2015, an independent jury selects among a number of entries a winning biocontrol product which provides an effective solution in the management of pests or diseases while having a low impact on human health and the environment. This year's list of nominees is even longer than last year - and it shows again how innovative the biocontrol industry is:
Agrauxine for the product NEXY, a microbial for control of post-harvest diseases.
Biocontrol Technologies for the product T34 BIOCONTROL® a microbial biofungicide with activity against both soil and foliar diseases in a range of crops.
Bioline Agrosciences for the product TRICHOLOINE VITIS, a macrobial biocontrol agent for control of Tortrix pests in grapevines.
Biopreparaty for the product POLYVERSUM, a microbial biofungicide for use as a seed treatment or foliar applications in a range of crops.
CBC Europe for the products MISTER PRO and ISOOMATE CM MISTER 1.0, a semiochemical and smart dispenser for mating disruption of codling moth.
Ceradis for the product CERAMAX, a biochemical product for seed treatment and post-harvest uses.
Fyto Fend for the product COS-OGA, a biochemical biofungicide.
Kan biosys Pvt Ltd for the product MILASTIN K™, a biofungicide based on Bacillus subtilis KTSB 1015 for the control of powdery mildew in grapes.
Koppert Biological Systems for the product NOLI, a microbial biofungicide for the control of botrytis.
Marrone Bio Innovations for a range of products based on Burkholderia sp. strain A396 for uses as bioinsecticides, bionematicides and bioherbicides.
Plant Health Products for the product ECO-NOC, a microbial bioinsecticide with activity against lepidopteran pests.
Provivi for the product PROVIVI FAW dispenser, a semiochemical dispenser system for the control of fall armyworm.
Seipasa for the product FUNGISEI, a microbial biofungicide based upon Bacillus subtilis.
STK bio-ag technologies for the product REGEV™, a hybrid foliar fungicide combining a biochemical plant extract with a chemical fungicide.
Tocklai Tea Research Institute for the product METATOC, a microbial termiticide.
The winner as well as the second and third placed products will be announced at the IBMA Annual General Assembly during ABIM 2018 in Basel, Switzerland. IBMA will award a trophy, interview and product placement in New Ag International and 2BMonthly publications, as well as complementary registration for ABIM 2019 and the 3 shortlisted finalists will have a poster to display their innovations at ABIM 2018.