BIRD – Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation to Invest $9 Million in 11 New Projects

The approved projects involve innovations in the areas of 3D Printing, Agro-technology, Information Security, Homeland Security and others

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

During its meeting on June 26, 2014, held in Washington D.C., the Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, approved $8.9 million in funding for eleven new projects between Israeli and American companies. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to approximately $25 million.

The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between Israeli and American companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the Foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions. more »

Marrone Bio, Bayer, and the BPIA Host EPA Officials

The Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) and Sacramento-area biopesticide companies Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) and Bayer Crop Science (BCS) are hosting laboratory visits and farm tour for EPA officials as part of the BPIA semi-annual meeting. The group will visit Sacramento Valley farmers who use biopesticides in an integrated pest management (IPM) approach on their farms to protect crops from disease and insect damage. The farm tour will be followed by tours of the MBI labs and the BCS facility, both in Davis.

The EPA officials—Bob McNally, Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division; Sheryl Reilly, Associate Chief, Biochemical Pesticides Branch; and Mike Mendelsohn, Acting Associate Chief of the Microbial Pesticides Branch—will be hosted by organic and conventional growers who use biopesticides and chemical pesticides on their farms.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight to the EPA the role biopesticides play in the integration of biopesticides into IPM programs. Biopesticides can help with residue management due to their applications right up to harvest, labor flexibility and rapid field re-entry, and disease and insect resistance management,” comments Bill Stoneman, BPIA Executive Director. “In addition, biopesticides have been shown to enhance conventional programs with higher yields and quality when integrated via tank mixes and rotations,” he adds.

About Biopesticide Industry Alliance

The BPIA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering adoption of biopesticide technology through increased awareness about their effectiveness and full range of benefits to a progressive pest management program. BPIA membership includes biological pesticide manufacturers and allied industry, with more than 70 member companies both domestically and internationally.

Contact:  Bill Stoneman, Executive Director
Biopesticide Industry Alliance, (608)-268-3632 bstoneman@biopesticideindustryalliance.org

 

Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes

Originally Published at interlochenpublicradio.org

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A treatment that kills zebra and quagga mussels could soon be available for use in lakes and rivers. It’s very effective and safe.

But it is not likely to undo much of the ecological damage done to Michigan waters by invasive mussels.

It could be good news, though, if you’re a clam.

Bacteria that kill

Quagga and zebra mussels are native to Eastern Europe and have been a disaster in the Great Lakes. more »

MBI to Present on Best Practices at Ag Innovations meeting in Santa Maria

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Santa Maria Elks Lodge, Santa Maria, CA

8:30 Keynote Address: Science and Service – UC Cooperative Extension in California Central Coast

Mary Bianchi, County Director and Horticulture Advisor, San Luis Obispo &Santa Barbara Cos

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1:40 Best Practices for Improving the use of Marrone Bio Innovations Products

Carlos Reyes, Vice President Product Development, Marrone Bio Innovations, Davis, CA

Outline: This presentation will provide information on best practices grower/PCAs can use to maximize the effectiveness of Grandevo applications. Actual examples, supported by data, that provide insight on practices that work, and practices that don’t will be included, plus a product pipeline update on experimental materials.

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