Syngenta acquires two bioinsecticides from Bionema

Product Update
Bionema announcement - Turf

Syngenta has acquired two next generation bioinsecticides, NemaTrident® and UniSpore®, to combat increasing resistance and a wide range of insects and pests across turf amenity, horticulture, ornamentals and forestry. It now provides customers even greater choice.

Syngenta is acquiring the patents and trademarks for both NemaTrident® and UniSpore®, along with the UniSpore® registration dossier. It will have full global development and commercialisation rights for the assets.

This is an important step in building a world-leading biologicals portfolio in Syngenta Professional Solutions, and opens the opportunity for expansion in biocontrol solutions for crop protection.

UniSpore® is an innovation based on a naturally occurring insect pathogenic fungus microorganism. It offers an exciting solution for vine weevil control in ornamentals, where growers across Europe have limited insecticide options. It is currently in the early registration process.

NemaTrident® - a patented insect pathogenic nematode solution - is an important addition to Syngenta Professional Solutions’ Turf portfolio and is particularly effective against leather jackets and other pests.

Bionema announcement - Ornamentals

The tri-component solution incorporates Nemaspreader®, a biocompatible surfactant, that delivers market-leading efficacy. Already available to customers, NemaTrident® is also used in horticulture and forestry to control a number of damaging insects.

Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema, said, “We are proud to have developed the breakthrough solutions, NemaTrident® and UniSpore®.

"As our focus is on innovation and the discovery of next generation solutions, we are pleased that Syngenta Crop Protection has acquired these technologies, so they can be made globally available for customers seeking additional sustainable solutions.”  

Simon Elsworth

Simon Elsworth, Head of Syngenta Professional Solutions Europe, Africa & the Middle East (above), said: “We are delighted to acquire these technologies from Bionema and leverage our scale and reach to put these innovations into the hands of our customers.“

"This acquisition underlines our commitment to build a broad range of sustainable solutions to solve complex problems and strengthens Syngenta’s position as a leader in the turf and ornamentals markets.”

Syngenta and Bionema have regular communications regarding novel formulations and new technologies.