Exosect to present latest developments in grain store bio-pesticide project at leading crop protection events

17th October 2012

Exosect will be presenting latest research findings at ABIM and CropWorld Global 2012.

Winchester, UK – Exosect, a leading provider of Intelligent Pest Management solutions, today announced that it will be presenting a further update on its mycoinsecticide delivery project for insect control in grain stores at two upcoming industry events. Firstly at ABIM (Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting) in Lucerne, Switzerland being held from 22 to 24th of October and at CropWorld Global, being held in London on 6th and 7th November.

Following the identification of a final formulation, Dr. Clare Storm, Exosect’s research scientist leading the project, will be discussing the promising results of the first full scale field trials which took place this year in the UK.



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Background information

*Beauveria bassiana is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and is pathogenic to a range of arthropod species.

*Entomopathogenic fungus is a fungus that can act as a parasite of insects and kills or seriously disables them.

The project consortium

*Sylvan Bio

Sylvan Bio is engaged in the business of producing a wide variety of fungal cells using solid-substrate fermentation technology.

As a recognised leader in the field, Sylvan’s expertise is founded upon extensive experience in culture isolation and maintenance, research and development, quality control, commercial propagation, and customised formulation and packaging technologies. This unique blend of skills enables the company to manufacture products of exceptional quality and consistency.

Sylvan currently produces a variety of products for use in agricultural and health care applications. Our capabilities include the production of both mycelial based products and the concentration of fungal spores. It is also engaged in the concentration of secondary metabolites derived from fungal cells.

Sylvan has partnered with universities, research organisations, and businesses in the development and commercialisation of new biotechnologies and products. With production facilities and staff in both North America and Europe, it is well-positioned to address a wide spectrum of developmental and regulatory issues across a diverse geographical base. For further information visit www.sylvaninc.com



The Food and Environment Research Agency's over arching purpose is to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks.

Our role within that is to provide robust evidence, rigorous analysis and professional advice to Government, international organisations and the private sector.

Climate change, food security and environmental sustainability are presenting the UK and indeed all other countries around the world, with significant, complex and often interrelated challenges. The Food and Environment Research Agency plays a vital role, increasingly on a world stage, in anticipating the issues, assessing the risks and gathering the evidence to guide policy response. For further information please visit www.fera.defra.gov.uk


CABI is a not-for-profit international organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Our mission and direction is influenced by our member countries who help guide the activities we undertake. These include scientific publishing, development projects and research, and microbial services


*Check Services

Check Services Ltd provides a wide range of pest control services to commercial premises, specialising in the Food and Allied Industries. Check Services can supply bespoke services designed to suit the client’s specific requirements.

They service a number of well-known hotel chains, supermarkets and food manufacturing companies including some of the largest bakeries, mills and cereal manufacturers in the UK.

They are extremely experienced in dealing with third party auditors, providing services that comply with customers' requirements. Their on-site service and reporting systems are regularly audited by various organisations including: Food Industry - BRC, AIB, Marks and Spencer, EFSIS, Soil Association and Tesco. Pharmaceutical Industry - FDA, MRHA. For further information please visit http://www.checkservices.co.uk

*Technology Strategy Board

The Technology Strategy Board is all about driving innovation. Our role is to stimulate technology-enabled innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. We promote, support and invest in technology research, development and commercialisation. We spread knowledge, bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances.

We advise Government on how to remove barriers to innovation and accelerate the exploitation of new technologies. And we work in areas where there is a clear potential business benefit, helping today's emerging technologies become the growth sectors of tomorrow.

Our vision:

For the UK to be a global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative businesses, who can apply technology rapidly, effectively and sustainably to create wealth and enhance quality of life.

The Technology Strategy Board is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB), established by the Government in 2007 and sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The activities of the Technology Strategy Board are jointly supported and funded by BIS and other government departments, the devolved administrations, regional development agencies and research councils.



Previous press releases regarding this project


5 September 2012 - Unique bio-pesticide for tackling food waste and insecticide
residues is shortlisted for global crop protection award

24 April 2012 - Exosect initiates first full scale trials of leading-edge biopesticide to control grain store insects

14 February 2012 - Exosect secures exclusive licence for fungal isolate from Fera

25 May 2011 - Exosect forms collaborative agreement with Sylvan Bio

10 November 2010 - Exosect presents update on mycoinsecticide delivery project at biocontrol conference

2 August 2010 - Pioneering Green Grain Store Pest Control Product Moves
Closer To Commercialisation

7 February 2006 - Exosect Joins Defra Consortium to Create New Bio Pesticide
Solutions For Stored Grain Pests


For further information please contact: Georgina Donovan at Exosect. 

Tel: 02380 603939 or email: georgina.donovan@exosect.com

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