Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting Lucerne 2007

At the ABIM-Lucerne Conference, the prime international meeting of the biocontrol industry, a southern German biocontrol company presented a natural antagonist for the dreaded fireblight. It is an alternative to the controversial antibiotic streptomycin.

(Lucerne, 22.10.2007) The 2nd Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting in Lucerne (ABIM-Lucerne Conference) witnessed the presentation of a natural antagonist of fireblight. It is a fungal preparation (Aureobasidium pullulans). In Germany, the new product, «Blossom-Protect» produced by the company «Bio-Protect», was found to be highly effective against fireblight and considerably more environmentally friendly than the controversial antibiotic streptomycin. «Bio-Protect», based in the Lake Constance region, is characteristic of a rapidly growing industry, developing innovative and ecologically sound, organic alternatives to synthetic pesticides.

The biological pest and disease control industry held its second meeting in Lucerne. Plant protection with natural and biological systems allows for the sustainable production of healthy foods while refraining from the use of chemical pesticides. The biocontrol industry is based on many years of research and development.

In cooperation with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association IBMA, the umbrella association of the biocontrol industry, held its 2nd Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting on 22–23 October at the KKL Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne. More than 300 participants from all over the globe exchanged experience and obtained information on the latest products and developments on the world market.

Questions concerning the licensing of biocontrol products were discussed and the US, South-East Asian, Indian and European markets analysed.

ABIM-Lucerne is sponsored by EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel (DG-Agri), the EU Enterprise Commissioner (DG-Enterprise), the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) as well as by the city of Lucerne.

2nd Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) Lucerne, Switzerland October 22nd-23rd, 2007

22nd of October 2007

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09.00 - 13.00
Congress Foyer
Auditorium Foyer

Setting up stands and posters

13.00 - 13.10

Welcome (Chair: Lucius Tamm)

  • Denise Munday (President IBMA): Objectives of IBMA and ABIM 2007
  • Lucius Tamm (FiBL): Welcome on behalf of the organising committee

13.10 - 14.00

Plenary session 1 (Chair: Michel Guillon)
New developments in regulation and policy

Coffee break
Congress Foyer

14.30 - 16.00

Plenary session 2 (Chair: Bernard Blum)
Market developments for biocontrol

16.00 - 17.00

Plenary session 3 (Chair: Karel Bolckmans)

17.30 - 19.30
Radisson SAS Hotel
Conference rooms

Meetings of National IBMA Associations

  • IBMA Italy (Chair: Roberto Kron Morelli)
  • IBMA UK (Chair: NN)
  • IBMA France (Chair: NN)
  • IBMA/IVB Germany, Switzerland, Austria (Chair: Hubertus Kleeberg)
  • Further National IBMA Associations (Chair: NN)

19.30 - 21.00
Apéritif at the lake's waterfront on board of „MS Europa“

Apéritif, offered by IBMA

23rd of October 2007

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08.30 - 10.30

Plenary session 4 (Chair: Willem Ravensberg)

Coffee break
Congress Foyer

11.00 - 12.00

Plenary session 5 (Chair: Owen Jones)
Botanicals, natural substances and semiochemicals

Lunch Break

13.30 - 17.00

IBMA Annual General Assembly Meeting

Poster presented at ABIM

Sponsors ABIM Lucerne 2007

The Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM-Lucerne 2007) was sponsored by the following organisations:

Logo Luzern

City of Lucerne

Logo BLW

Federal Office for Agriculture


Federal Office for the Environment


European Commission
(European Commissioner for Agriculture and
Rural Development)
Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General /
Promotion of SMEs' competitiveness

Logo Innovation Relay Centre SOFRAA

Innovation Relay Centre SOFRAA
Alliance / Ecole polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Innovation Relay Centre STEZ


International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association

Logo FiBL

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

Logo Valent BioSciences

Valent BioSciences

Logo GAB

GAB Consulting GmbH
GAB Consulting, Your Partner for Registration of Microbials and Bio-Control Agents in Euro

2nd Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 2007


Articles published by New Ag International english & spanish editions

  • Plant Protection Corner: The growing world of Biological Crop Protection met at the ABIM Congress in Lucerne, by M. Loison.
    Completo informe sobre las principales novedades técnicas y de negocios recopiladas durante el principal encuentro de la industria de la protección biológica de los cultivos: ABIM Lucerna 2007.

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