Mar 11, 2016International bioprotection federation formed
BioProtection Global (BPG) is the new name that has been adopted by the federation of biocontrol and biopesticide associations, established in fall 2014. The new name was approved and board members were elected at the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting 2015 in Basel, Switzerland.
BPG said it’s objective is to achieve international harmonization for regulation of biological pest control solutions and to be the central contact for governmental and non-governmental stakeholders worldwide related to biocontrol and biopesticides.
BPG’s founding members, the Associscao Brasileira das Empresas de Controle Biologica (ABCBio), the Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP), the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), the International Biocontrol Manufacturers (IBMA), and the South African Bioproducts Organisation (SABO), elected Willem J. Ravensberg as BPG’s 2016 president. Ravensberg of Koppert Biological Systems currently serves as president of IBMA.
At the same time, Andre Fox, of Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture, and chair of SABO, was elected immediate past president and Rick Melnick, of Valent BioSciences Corporation and current Chair of the BPIA, was elected vice president of BPG for 2016.
The BPG recently held a meeting on March 2 in Monterey, California, during the 2016 International Biocontrol Industry Symposium.