Exosect announces UK government funding to develop biological grain admixture

3rd September 2014

Winchester, UK – Exosect Ltd, a leading provider of enabling technologies, today announced that it successfully won a competitive bid for grant funding under the first round of UK government’s Agri-tech Catalyst fund, which is administered by the Technology Strategy Board. The focus of the project is to complete the development of the first biological grain admixture for the control of insects and mites in stored grain for the EU. The grain admix technology utilises Entostat, Exosect’s proprietary platform technology, to enable the delivery of the entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana, directly to grain before it is placed in storage.

Exosect will be working in partnership with Eseye, a specialist in machine-to-machine connectivity, who will assist in developing systems to monitor data from a range of sources within the grain handling process. Further participants on the project include, Campden BRI, Camgrain, Agrauxine, The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), BioRational and David Williams Consultant.

The award to develop admixture in grain comes as Exosect’s current project based on using Entostat, to deliver Beauveria bassiana to the surface of grain stores, comes to a close. Exosect intends to submit a dossier for Annex 1 registration in the EU this autumn.

Exosect’s Business Development Director, Rob Cannings comments, “We have developed a significant amount of know-how in delivering this biological. This award will help us in our commitment to further develop a much needed, new form of pest control technology for the commodity storage sector where the few remaining active ingredients are under threat of removal by the regulatory authorities.

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Notes to Editors

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information, please visit www.innovateuk.org

Catalysts are run jointly by the Technology Strategy Board and the Research Councils. A Catalyst is a form of research and development funding which focusses on a specific priority area and aims to help take projects from research to as close to commercial viability as possible. The Catalyst model supports projects in priority areas where the UK research base has a leading position and where there is clear commercial potential. Current Catalysts include: Biomedical Catalyst, Agri-tech Catalyst and the Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst. For more details please visit www.innovateuk.org/-/catalysts

EsEye – global connectivity and M2M Solutions – A machine-to-machine specialist organisation, Eseye was set up in 2007 by some of the sharpest minds on the UK technology scene. Since then its founders have selected only the best engineers and support staff to join them, steadily building a company well-deserving of its reputation as a problem solver.

The M2M solutions provider works with businesses all around the world on applications across key sectors, to develop long-life solutions with reliable technical support and multi-network connectivity.

In a connected world where people communicate across thousands of miles, Eseye is leading the way in enabling machines to do the same through SIMs, routers and managed services. www.eseye.com/

Campden BRI - is the UK's largest independent membership-based organisation carrying out research and development for the food and drinks industry worldwide. It is committed to providing industry with the research, technical and advisory services needed to ensure product safety and quality, process efficiency and product and process innovation.

One its core strengths in cereal agronomy and processing technology, which it uses to serve the grain supply chain. – www.campdenbri.co.uk

Camgrain - is a farmer-owned central storage Co-operative, established in 1983. Camgrain is at the forefront of the movement to establish and shorten supply chain partnerships between farmers and consumers, manufacturers, food and retail groups.

Our investment in food safety and high quality facilities, with the ability to dry, segregate and grade grain has impressed many end users in the milling, brewing and breakfast cereal sectors. Camgrain is fully accredited under TASCC, the Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops for storage, laboratory testing and haulage. We are members of the UK NIR Grain Network, a centrally-audited network of laboratory facilities, ensuring traceable analysis of protein, nitrogen, oil, moisture and mycotoxins. www.camgrain.co.uk/

Agrauxine – is a French company specialized in the development, production and commercialization of Biocontrol and Bionutrition solutions for plant protection and nutrition. Our products are based on microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, yeast) or derivatives carefully selected for their specific action on plant pathogens (disease, pest). Agrauxine is an affiliate of the Lesaffre group, the global standard for yeast and other fermentation products. www.agrauxine.com/

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) - Our role is about understanding problems and enabling sustainable solutions through innovative thinking and the gathering and analysis of robust scientific evidence. This gives us the right platform to be able to support our customers in both the strategic and day-to-day decisions they face.
By listening to what our customers tell us, it is clear that our ability to understand a problem and find solutions is what differentiates Fera. In some cases this involves working as multidisciplinary teams within the Agency, and in others we are tapping into the extensive worldwide network of partnerships we have created with other research organisations and academia. www.fera.defra.gov.uk/

BioRationale - Rationale provides reputable expert advice and services related to the biopesticide industry. We combine in-depth knowledge of the industry with the skills needed to build successful relationships between the diverse players – academia, policy makers, manufacturers & producers, regulators and growers. www.biorationale.co.uk/

David Williams – Agricultural Engineering Consultant
David is an agricultural and mechanical engineer with more than 33 years of practical experience in a wide range of environments from design to decommissioning of in-field and post-harvest machinery, working with manufacturers and distributors of fixed and mobile equipment, as well as an independent consultant, working alone or as part of a team. He has worked in 16 countries and is highly skilled in the areas of fault diagnosis and problem solving, sometimes in challenging situations.

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Exosect announces UK government funding to develop biological grain admixture

This image shows conidia of Beauveria bassiana adhering to a speherical particle of Entostat powder