Winners of the World BioProtection Awards 2022 announced
Awards address the pressing need to develop alternatives to chemical crop protection in sustainable food production
2 June 2022
The World BioProtection Forum (WBF) hosted the 2022 World BioProtection Summit and Awards at the NEC, Birmingham to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to chemical crop protection in sustainable food production.
Established to celebrate achievements in biocontrol and the biological agriculture industry, the World BioProtection Awards acknowledged some of the sector’s finest innovations.
This year’s winners were:
- Best Bioinsecticide Product – Cearitis for PIRA, an autonomous device that diffuses a natural attractant to trap fruit flies outside of olive orchards.
- Best Biofungicide Product– Biotalys for Evoca, andOro Agri for PREV-AM®.
- Best Biochemical Product– STK Bio-Ag Technologiesfor REGEV, the first ‘hybrid’ foliar fungi-cide.
- Best Biostimulant Product– FMC Corporationfor Accudo, a versatile microbial biostimulant, and Sri Bio for IndiRoots, a unique granular formulation of multi-microbial plant stimulants.
- Best Biofertiliser Product– Tradecorp, for Phós’UP, a new biofertiliser coming to the market this year.
- Best Innovative Research Project of the Year– International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for Aflasafe, a solution to the problem of aflatoxin contamination in agricultural produce.
- Industry Collaboration of the Year– UPL Ltd and Zespri Kiwifruit who worked together on a new product called Aureo Gold.
- Biotech Start-up Business of The Year– Botanical Solutions Inc (BSI).
- Best Young Entrepreneur Award– Dr Fatma Kaplan, Founder and CEO of Pheronym.
- Outstanding Achievement Award – Dr Willem Ravensberg, Corporate Sr Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager, Koppert Biological Systems.
These award recognise outstanding achievements in biocontrol and biological agriculture. With increasing pressures to make agriculture more sustainable, against a backdrop of climate change and a growing world population, the need for new innovations that reduce our impact on the planet while maintaining or increasing crop yields, has never been so urgent.
A group of more than 20 expert judges had previously identified a shortlist of 38 finalists from 32 different organisations. Competition throughout the judging process was intense and made the job of choosing the final winners a very difficult task across all ten categories.
Dr Minshad Ansari, chairman of the WBF, said: “These awards rightly celebrate and acknowledge innovation in new products for biological agriculture. They also recognise that starting and running a business, product development, raising investment, collaborating with partners, regulations, and commercialisation… all these things, they involve abilities and expertise necessary for commercial, as well as scientific, success. All these skills – and the award winners that demonstrate them – are the key to our sector’s future.”