ABIM - Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting - ABIM 2019, 21 ─ 23 October 2019, Congress Center Basel, Switzerland

The Steering Committee are already hard at work on this year’s speaker programme and a provisional programme will be released soon. As always, the floor is open for delegates to present their work, research and commercial developments and there is still time to submit a talk for ABIM 2019.

The call for offered oral presentations in sessions 3, 4, 5 and 8 will be open until 6 June 2019.

If you have a subject that you believe will be of interest to delegates please provide details* of the name of the speaker, company or institution, title and topic, relevant session and a short 10 – 20 word summary of the proposal. Presentations could include but is not limited to for example, new products, applications, production, testing and must be of interest to delegates attending ABIM 2019.

Proposed talks will be assessed initially within the IBMA Professional Group Steering Committees and later the ABIM Steering Group, as to suitability. Speakers will be advised in good time to arrange and take advantage of the early bird registration, as offered talks require the speaker to register and pay for attending the event.

While no scientific proceedings are published, presentations will be made available as pdf files on the ABIM website immediately after the conference and will stay available in the publicly accessible archive.

*Send in the first instance, to Isabelle Pinzauti Babrzyński



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Only registered participants of ABIM 2018 have access to the presentations. Please check your e-mails for access codes.

Monday 22 October 2018

From - ToProgramme
07:30Doors open
Parallel meetings
09:00 - 10:30IBMA Regulatory Affairs Seminar (IBMA members only)
Will be repeated at 11:00
IBMA Natural Substances Professional Group Meeting (IBMA members only)IBMA Invertebrate Biocontrol Agents Professional Group Meeting (IBMA members only)
10:30 - 11:00
Exhibition hall 4.1
Coffee break supported by Certis USA
Parallel meetings
11:00 - 12:30

IBMA Regulatory Affairs Seminar (IBMA members only)
Repeat of 9:00 session
IBMA Microbial Biocontrol Agents Professional Group Meeting (IBMA members only)IBMA Semiochemicals Professional Group Meeting (IBMA members only)
12:30 - 14:00
Exhibition hall 4.1

Lunch break supported by Oro Agri International Ltd.

13:30 - 14:00 MontrealRegistration for Annual General Meeting - IBMA
Please register early.
14:00 - 16:00 MontrealAnnual General Meeting
IBMA members only and prospective members upon prior request to the IBMA Brussels office.
16:00 - 17:00
Exhibition hall 4.1

Coffee break supported by Lallemand Plant Care


17:00 - 17:45 Montreal

Welcome to ABIM 2018

  • Lucius Tamm (ABIM Steering committee): Welcome on behalf of the organising committee.
  • Willem Ravensberg (President IBMA).
  • IBMA Bernard Blum Award  - presented by Owen Jones and David Cary.
  • 2018 Bernard Blum Award Winning presentation.
17:45 - 18:30 Montreal

Pre-Aperitif Keynote Address

Hans Dreyer, FAO:
Role of Biocontrol in sustainable food and agriculture to reach the SDG.

Timeslot supported by Sumitomo Chemical Agro Europe / Valent BioSciences (joint sponsors)

18:30 - 20:00
Exhibition hall 4.1

Aperitif supported by Biobest Group NV

13:00 - 19:00
Exhibition hall 4.1

12:00 - 18:00

1-to-1 meetings event
1-to-1 meetings supported by BASF Corporation
10:00 -19:00 FoyerAd-hoc meeting rooms

Tuesday 23 October 2018

From - toProgramme
07:30Doors open
08:30 - 10:00

Plenary session 1
Chair: Willem Ravensberg, President IBMA

EU Plant Protection Regulatory Issues

  • Eric Liegois, DG Sante Pesticides Unit: Issues concerning Biocontrol during 2018.
  • Dara O’Shea, DG Sante Unit F: The Sustainable Use Directive and Member States NAPs.
  • Luuk van Duijn, Ctgb: A Member State Proposal to improve the regulatory approach for Biological PPPs.
  • Ulf Heilig and David Cary, IBMA: An industry View of the REFIT of 1107/2009 and the future.
Session 1 supported by knoell Germany GmbH
10:00 - 10:30
Exhibition hall 4.1
Coffee break supported by Exponent International Ltd.
10:30 - 12:00

Plenary session 2
Chair: Roma Gwynn, IBMA Vice-President

Global Plant Protection Biocontrol Issues

  • Tom Mason, BPG: BPG activities.
  • Jeroen Meeussen, OECD EGBP: Conclusions of the Biopesticides Seminar and implications for biocontrol.
  • Denis de Froidmont, DG Agri: Sustainable agriculture and opportunities in the EU for Biocontrol.
  • Bill Dunham, Dunham and Trimmer: Biocontrol’s position in the global marketplace.
Session 2 supported by TSG Consulting

12:00 - 13:30
Exhibition hall 4.1

Lunch break supported by CBC (Europe) s.r.l.
13:30 - 14:10

Plenary session 3
Chair: Lieselot van der Veken, Macrobials PG

Offered Invertebrate Biocontrol Agent Talks

  • Johannette Klapwijk, Koppert and the Chair: Ring testing within the industry.
  • Inge Hanssen, DCM: Translating professional biocontrol solutions into a comprehensive and convenient home and garden concept.
  • Ketan Mehta, PMFAI: Macrobials in India.

Session 3 is supported by Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont


14:10 - 15:10

Plenary session 4
Chair: Lara Ramaekers, Natural Substances PG

Offered Natural Substances Professional Group Talks

  • Caroline Bonneau, Végépolys: A field sampling kit to evaluate and confirm plant defense induction of ROMEO in field conditions.
  • Dawn Williams, IES: Analytical challenges & issues of biological a.s. in E-fate and Ecotoxicological testing regimes.
  • Christophe Zambaux, Silvateam: Castanea & Schinopsis sp. tannins – Crop protection natural extracts.
  • Estelle Moreau, Arysta: Bringing R&D to the olive sector.
  • Noemi Herrero, Agrotecnologia: Overcoming instability of natural extract based products with smart formulations.
  • Géraldine van Aubel, Fytofend: FytoSol, a new COS-OGA derivative to fight potato late blight.
Session 4 supported by Janssen PMP

15:10 - 15:30

Plenary Session 5
Chair: Alessandra Moccia, Semiochemicals PG

Offered Semiochemicals Talks

  • Jaume Roig, Probodelt: Use of mass trapping to control Bactrocera oleae in Spain.
  • Alessandra Moccia, Suterra: Towards a proportionate regulation for semiochemicals- how far did we get?
15:30 - 16:30
Exhibition hall 4.1
Coffee break supported by Koppert Biological Systems
16:30 - 18:00

Plenary session 6
Chair: Ralf-Udo Ehlers, IBMA Treasurer

Partnerships between Industry and Research and the deliverables and hindrances - COST Action FA1405

  • Travis Glare, Bio-Protection Research Centre: Metarhizium and Beauvaria as endophytes: what species are really colonisers and is there potential for deployment in commercial systems.
  • Edith Ladurner, CBC Europe: Beauvaria bassiana – how does the understanding of its endophytic activity and other non-lethal effects on pest species affect its use as a biocontrol agent?
  • Désirée Jakobs-Schönwandt, Bielefeld: Novel fermentation and formulation strategies to support plant colonization by fungal endophytes.
  • Roma Gwynn, Biorationale: Approaches for the commercialisation of plant colonising microorganisms – the importance of educating and aligning regulatory gate-keepers.
18:00 - 18:30
Pre-Aperitif Keynote Address

Russell Blair, Andermatt USA:
Disruptive technologies, hurdles and opportunities for small and large companies.

Timeslot supported by BIOLINE Agrosciences
18:30 - 19:30
Exhibition hall 4.1
Aperitif supported by Syngenta Crop Protection
08:00 - 19:00
Hall 4.1

09:00 - 17:00

1-to-1 meetings event
1-to-1 meetings supported by BASF Corporation

07:30 - 19:00

Ad-hoc meeting rooms

Wednesday 24 October 2018

From - ToProgramme
08:00Doors open
09:00 - 11:30

Plenary Session 7
Chair: David Cary, Executive Director, IBMA

New technologies for sustainable agriculture and knowledge transfer

  • Ulrich Kuhlmann, CABI: The Biocontrol Portal.
  • Owen Jones: The Bernard Blum Award - memorable innovation and what the judges look for.
  • Keith Pitts, Marrone Bio Innovations: Biological seed treatments.
  • Chris Lawlor, IAHP: Use of a microbial Duddingtonia flagrans to control parasitic nematodes in animal health.
  • Matej Štefančič, Trapview: A Showcase of how artificial intelligence is changing pest insect monitoring and forecasting.
  • Marcus Meadows-Smith, BioConsortia: Microbiome work assisting in identifying microbes and consortia impacting plant phenotypes
Panel discussion with presenters as above.
11:30 - 12:30
Exhibition hall 4.1
Lunch break supported by Bayer
12:30 - 14:00

Plenary Session 8
Chair: Matthias von Erffa, Microbials PG

Microbial Biocontrol Agents Professional Group Talks
The increasing use of microbial pesticides, and developments in the food value chain.

  • Mark Whittaker, APIS: Testing methods for microbials.
  • Daniel Zommick, Valent BioSciences: Update on Diagnostic Methods for Differentiating Bacillus thuringiensis from B. cereus sensu lato in Food.
  • Amelie Deredjian, Bayer Biologics: Antibiotic Resistance in Agricultural Applications: What’s the Struggle?
  • Pilar Martínez-Hildago, University of Salamanca, Grupo Agrotecnologia: Boosting microbial biocontrol products with efficient formulations.
  • John Groome, Batelle: Encapsulation of biologics for agricultural application.
  • Patrique Le Vieux, BASF: Combining biologicals with chemistry, determining tangible benefits.
  • Peter Lüth, P. Lueth Biocontrol Consulting: Control of Striga hermonthica by Fusarium oxysporum – The Toothpick Project.
Session 8 supported by ACCERES
14:00 - 14:30
Closing remarks and end of conference
David Cary and Lucius Tamm
14:30 - 17:00
Meeting for Bioprotection Global (BPG): Open to Board Members, Executive Committee Members and Executives of Member Associations.
08:00 - 13:00
Hall 4.1
09:00 - 13:00
1-to-1 meetings event
1-to-1 meetings supported by BASF Corporation
08:00 - 14:00
Ad-hoc meeting rooms

Access to the archive

All programmes and presentations for previous ABIM are available to review, back to the very first Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting which was held at the KKL Culture and Convention Center Lucerne, Switzerland on October 23rd-24th 2006.

Clicking on any of the below dates will open a continuous thread of programmes, which can be navigated by scrolling up or down.

Only registered participants of ABIM 2018 have access to these presentations by using the access codes supplied during the registration process.

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