03/Feb/2022

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Redagricola's commitment with a sustainable agriculture

We welcome you to our first Biologicals Latam newsletter, by Redagrícola. In this newsletter that will be published every 2 weeks we want to highlight news and technical articles about the global development of biostimulants and biocontrol solutions, with a Latin American flavour.

We will also organize monthly online series about these issues and our Latin American Congress that will be held in Lima, Perú, in September 28th-29th 2022.

We wish you a good lecture.

Patricio Trebilcock
Director of Redagricola

Matthew Meisner, Vice President of Research and Development and Data Science of Farmers Business Network: "Interest in biologicals has become very, very, very strong for a variety of reasons; having a really strong presence in biologicals is actually really critical".

The social network that could become the largest bio-input research center on the planet

Farmers Business Network was founded in California as a platform for farmers to share data and ideas about their crops. Today, it aims to become a leading global player in the world of biologicals for agriculture. The company has a portfolio of around 24 biostimulants and could add another 50 in 2022, including biopesticides. Matthew Meisner, responsible for their R&D and data science divisions, explains the research and commercialization model with which they are making a difference in this area. "Interest in biologicals has become very, very, very strong for a variety of reasons; having a really strong presence in biologicals is actually really critical", says Matthew Meisner, Vice President of Research and Development and Data Science at FBN in an interview. “It is an area in which we can uniquely help growers because the power of the network and the data plays a key role in the development of biologicals”.

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Video: New tendencies in the use of seaweed extracts as biostimulants

Polish academic and researcher Izabela Michalak has specialized in the study of applications for algal biomass. As a professor in the advanced materials technology department at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, she has developed important know-how on the way the unique properties of these plants, which resist and regenerate quickly in the face of extreme changes in the environment, can contribute to an enormous diversity of essential activities for human life. One of them is agriculture, where algae can play a central role in the stimulation and protection of crops, which she explains in this presentation made at the Biostimulants Congress Latam 2021.

The bioestimulating power of hydrolyzed proteins from vegetal origin

The Italian academic Giuseppe Colla has investigated the mechanisms that the components of vegetable proteins use to generate resistance to stresses, as well as other benefits for plants, which has inspired the development of new products from vegetal biomass.

Export sector drives the growth of biological inputs in Colombia

In order to compete in the global market, the dynamic Colombian avocado sector has had to make a significant change: reduce the chemical trace in its fruit production. This means that many have had to abandon the traditional chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides that have been part of fruit production for decades and replace them with new ones of biological origin. Juliana Sarmiento describes this issue as one of the main driving forces in the use of bio-inputs in Colombia, a subject she knows much about as general manager of the firm Biocultivos and, for the past year, as co-executive director of the Colombian Association of Bio-inputs for the Transformation of Agriculture, better known as Asobiocol.

The biggest challenge of a start up in the world of biological inputs, in the eyes of Botanical Solutions

The Chilean firm that has just raised US$ 6 million from international investors to bring its biological solutions to control fungal pests to a global scale, recounts the biggest obstacle faced by the nascent companies in its sector and how they have sought to solve it.

The drivers behind the growing biostimulant market in Latin America

Countries that specialize in fresh fruit exportation, such as Peru and Chile, are beginning to take more decisive steps in regards to the use of biostimulants. The need of agricultural producers to increase plants’ resistance to abiotic stress and to opt for an intensive production system, as well as the greater willingness of consumers to pay for high quality crops, have been the drivers behind the growing market. This is highlighted by Manel Cevera, managing partner of Dunham Trimmer, who adds that Brazil is and will continue to be the main market for biostimulants in Latin America.

Market movers

Canadian biopesticide firm gets boost from Bayer

Seipasa increases its production capacity for agricultural bio-inputs, with a focus on Latin America

Brazil measures the economic impact of bio-inputs: exceeds US$ 13 billion

Idai Nature obtains certificate for biodynamic fungicide

Certis Biologicals launches liquid solution to control nematodes

Symborg, from Spain, buys biocontrol company based on Beauveria bassiana

European companies Biotalys and Olon close a long-term agreement to promote protein-based biocontrollers

Ascenza launches new brand to promote a line of bioprotection products

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Biologicals Latam is a newsletter from Redagricola to provide specialized information on the intense activity that is taking place in the field of bio-inputs for agricultural production. This publication in English and Spanish is a complement to the series of courses and conferences that this media group carries out on the subject.