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8:00am - 9:00am 60 mins
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10:10am - 10:45am 35 mins
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10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Global feedback on banned co-formulants
  • Claudia Exner - Global Chemical Regulatory Manager, Syngenta
  • Updates on which Co-Formulations have been banned in both the US and Europe
  • What this means for the formulation market?
  • Impact on the Food Bill on banned co-formulations
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Mode of action of a new Microbial Bioherbicide
  • Joanna Bajsa-Hirschel - Plant Biologist, USDA
  • Spliceostatin C is a potent component of bioherbicide
  • Phytotoxic properties of spliceostatin C
  • Inhibition of spliceosome catalysis by spliceostatin C
  • Spliceostatin C targets complex of two proteins SF3b155 and SF3b14a
  • Global proteome analysis
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Understanding the correlation between soil health and human health
  • Eric Brevik - Professor of Geology & Soils, Dickinson State University
  • Understanding the effects of poor soil on the crop and human health
  • Measuring your soil to ensure Biostimulants and seed success
  • Assessing different soil types on Biostimulants and seeds
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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Seeds
Understanding the correlation between soil health and human health
  • Eric Brevik - Professor of Geology & Soils, Dickinson State University
  • Understanding the effects of poor soil on the crop and human health
  • Measuring your soil to ensure Biostimulants and seed success
  • Assessing different soil types on Biostimulants and seeds
10:45am - 11:20am 35 mins
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New Technologies
An overview of what new tools are available for effective crop production
  • Understanding what technologies are currently being developed
  • An effective breakdown of what these products can achieve
  • Detailed examples of what RNAI, CRISPR, Microbiome and Heavy chain antibodies are used for, and their current market status
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Ingevity: Agrochemical Innovations and Product Offerings
  • Deepak Madhrani - Key Account Manager, Dispersants, Ingevity
  • Tammy Schweiner, Ingevity

As the world's largest producer of Kraft lignosulfonates, Ingevity is committed to quality, consistency and control in the manufacturing of bio-based dispersants and surfactant systems. We offer a wide range of specialty inerts for crop protection and plant health production, and help find customers' solutions by combining quality products and unsurpassed technical expertise. Learn about our dynamic product line and how Ingevity can help meet your formulating needs.

11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Advanced microbial selection and microbiome analysis to develop biofungicides with superior efficacy and consistency
  • Marcus Meadows-Smith - CEO , BioConsortia, Inc.
  • Evolving the microbiome using plant diseases as the selective pressure
  • Using microbiome analysis and machine learning as tools to identify microbes and consortia positively impacting plant phenotypes in the presence of disease
  • Developing biofungicides with superior efficacy and high consistency
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Case Study: Profiling the soil microbiome to increase crop nutrition results
  • Colin Bell - Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer , Growcentia
  • Tools and strategies to monitor the soil microbiome
  • Best practices to leverage this information to create strong crop protection tools
  • Understanding the role of the microbiome in creating novel technologies
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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Seeds
Case Study: Profiling the soil microbiome to increase crop nutrition results
  • Colin Bell - Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer , Growcentia
  • Tools and strategies to monitor the soil microbiome
  • Best practices to leverage this information to create strong crop protection tools
  • Understanding the role of the microbiome in creating novel technologies
11:20am - 11:55am 35 mins
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New Technologies
Case Study: Profiling the soil microbiome to increase crop nutrition results
  • Colin Bell - Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer , Growcentia
  • Tools and strategies to monitor the soil microbiome
  • Best practices to leverage this information to create strong crop protection tools
  • Understanding the role of the microbiome in creating novel technologies
11:55am - 12:30pm 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Session from Matthey
  • Alan Chorlton, Matthey
  • Discussing the challenges with formulating actives
  • The breakdown of success stories
  • Overviewing their methods for overcoming hurdles
11:55am - 12:30pm 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Assessing Microbial Constancy concerns with large scale biopesticide use
  • Thomas Clark - VP of Field Development, Provivi
  • Field test results depicting constancy
  • Methods to improve microbial constancy
  • Illustrating the efficacy of microbials for large scale farming
11:55am - 12:30pm 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Application of Lipochito-oligosaccharide (LCO) on Legumes and Non-legumes
  • Robert Gibson - Regional Commercial Manager – Asia/Africa, Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Plant physiological response
  • Plant responses at the molecular level
  • Data review
  • Product offerings
11:55am - 12:30pm 35 mins
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Seeds
Application of Lipochito-oligosaccharide (LCO) on Legumes and Non-legumes
  • Robert Gibson - Regional Commercial Manager – Asia/Africa, Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Plant physiological response
  • Plant responses at the molecular level
  • Data review
  • Product offerings
11:55am - 12:30pm 35 mins
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New Technologies
Application of Lipochito-oligosaccharide (LCO) on Legumes and Non-legumes
  • Robert Gibson - Regional Commercial Manager – Asia/Africa, Novozymes Biologicals, Inc.
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Plant physiological response
  • Plant responses at the molecular level
  • Data review
  • Product offerings
12:30pm - 1:35pm 65 mins
Lunch
1:35pm - 2:10pm 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Novel High-efficiency Production Process for Suspension Concentrates
  • Oliver Gutsche - PI, FMC Agricultural Solutions
  • Steffen Pilotek - Market Segment Manager, Buhler, Inc
  • The limiting factor to higher-efficiency fine-grinding is the quality of the raw material slurry. We present particle size data for slurries of different viscosity using a new device for advanced pre-dispersion that allows using high-efficiency milling using smaller beads after processing.
1:35pm - 2:10pm 35 mins
Biocontrol
Entomopathogens as holistic tools
  • Surendra Dara - Extension Advisor, University of California
1:35pm - 2:10pm 35 mins
Biostimulants
Soil and Microbiome
  • Megan Andrews, PhD - Project Manager, Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC), Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR),, North Carolina State University
1:35pm - 2:10pm 35 mins
Seeds
Soil and Microbiome
  • Megan Andrews, PhD - Project Manager, Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC), Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR),, North Carolina State University
1:35pm - 2:10pm 35 mins
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New Technologies
The journey of effectively and efficiently developing a formulated dsRNA product
  • Lorenzo Aulisa - Director, Crop Protection Product Development and Regulatory Science, GreenLight Biosciences

Development of innovative pesticide formulations with new modes of action is an important priority for the food and agriculture industry given the rise of resistance to common chemical pesticides and society’s demand for safer and more sustainable options for growing food.


RNAi (RNA interference) as a technology is extremely targeted and safe for both humans and the environment. RNAi’s highly-specific nature means that it impacts only the targeted species without harming beneficial organisms like pollinators.
Since 1998, dsRNA has been widely used as a tool, in both academia and industry, to study and identify genes that are key in the development of pests and weeds or in the pathogenicity of different fungi. dsRNA has proven, in lab experiments, its potential as a foliar applied pesticide. However, even today, after more than 20 years of research, there is still not a single formulated product available in the market. Two main reasons for this are 1) the cost of producing dsRNA at industrial scale and 2) the design and development of a formulated product that could overcome many of the challenges linked to a biological molecule such as RNA and still provide the same shelf life stability as chemical based pesticides combined with equivalent biological performances.


At GreenLight Biosciences, we have successfully solved the first challenge by developing an innovative, patented, cell-free technology platform that produces high-quality, cost-effective and scalable dsRNA solutions. Now, we are developing the first line of bio-pesticide formulated products that will provide targeted pest control without the drawbacks linked to the use of chemical pesticides.
Development of a commercially viable product based on dsRNA is not a trivial task due to the properties of RNA as a biological molecule. The design has to take in account different challenges of working with RNA to ensure stability of the formulation in different forms: whether concentrated, diluted in a spray tank, as a standalone or combined with multiple tank mix partners in all types of water, and after being sprayed on the leaf.


Today, I will guide the audience through the exciting journey that is taking the GreenLight Biosciences team to transform an “idea” into a “product” that farmers will use safely and effectively in the fields.

2:10pm - 2:45pm 35 mins
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Agrochemical Formulation
Development of robust formulations with several active ingredients
  • Doug Eisner - CEO, Agrospheres
  • Comparing different methods for combining several active ingredients
  • Better formulation techniques to ensure optimal results from each active
  • Avoiding common mistakes with producing multiple active products
2:10pm - 2:45pm 35 mins
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Biocontrol
Smart Bacillus-based formulations: successful solutions against fungal diseases affecting row and cash crops
  • Noemí Herrero - R&D Manager, Grupo Agrotecnología

In Grupo Agrotecnología we have taken a step forward in the formulation technology of microbial based biopesticides. We develop complex products following optimized formulation processes which combine microorganisms with natural biostimulant substances. Our new formulation technology achieves a new generation of stable microbial biocontrol products which perform fast, consistently and effectively in the field against a broad range of phytopathogenic fungi.

2:10pm - 2:45pm 35 mins
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Biostimulants
Smart Bacillus-based formulations: successful solutions against fungal diseases affecting row and cash crops
  • Noemí Herrero - R&D Manager, Grupo Agrotecnología

In Grupo Agrotecnología we have taken a step forward in the formulation technology of microbial based biopesticides. We develop complex products following optimized formulation processes which combine microorganisms with natural biostimulant substances. Our new formulation technology achieves a new generation of stable microbial biocontrol products which perform fast, consistently and effectively in the field against a broad range of phytopathogenic fungi.

2:10pm - 2:45pm 35 mins
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Seeds
Constitutive and Induced Resistance to Pathogens: An integrated view of molecular, anatomical and chemical responses in conifers
  • Adriana Arango-Velez, PhD - Plant Physiologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Plant defenses against herbivores have been challenged by climate change, allowing the expansion in range and frequency of insects and their associated microorganisms, into previously unexplored areas. Two of the most aggressive bark beetles (the mountain – MPB- and southern pine beetle -SPB-) are attacking naive hosts in forested areas of Canada and the U.S, where prior colonization by these pests were unforeseen. As these beetles use pathogenic fungi to modify host tissues to favor brood development and overcome tree defenses, fungal associations are crucial for beetle success. To evaluate constitutive (pre-attack) and induced (post-attack) responses of conifer trees, two independent studies were conducted using the MPB and SPB associated pathogenic fungi Grosmania clavigera and Ophiostoma minus at 1-, 7- and 28- and 62-days post inoculation respectively. To understand the complex interaction that modulate tree defense responses, we performed (i) microarray and targeted gene expression analyses (chitinases & terpene synthases), under well-watered and water deficit conditions (ii) UHPLC and GC-MS chemical profiling of phenols and terpenoids, (iii) phytohormones and (iv) histochemical analyses, in coevolved and naïve pine trees. Results show that upon pathogen attack, jasmonic and salicylic acid were implicated in local and systemic response to fungal inoculation; in addition, an increased transcript expression of chitinases, pathogenesis-related genes, as well as fungal inoculation, as well as genes associated with jasmonate and ethylene signaling were observed. Chemical analyses showed induction of epi-catechin, tree unknown phenolic compounds and several phloem terpenoids (-pinene, -myrcene, limonene, terpinolene and -pinene) indicating an elevated response against pathogen attack. Lastly, histochemical analyses demonstrated the capacity of naïve pine trees to induce traumatic resin ducts production and lesion development to confine fungal expansion. Taken together these responses, naïve and coevolved conifers respond differently to fungal attack.

2:10pm - 2:45pm 35 mins
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New Technologies
Constitutive and Induced Resistance to Pathogens: An integrated view of molecular, anatomical and chemical responses in conifers
  • Adriana Arango-Velez, PhD - Plant Physiologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Plant defenses against herbivores have been challenged by climate change, allowing the expansion in range and frequency of insects and their associated microorganisms, into previously unexplored areas. Two of the most aggressive bark beetles (the mountain – MPB- and southern pine beetle -SPB-) are attacking naive hosts in forested areas of Canada and the U.S, where prior colonization by these pests were unforeseen. As these beetles use pathogenic fungi to modify host tissues to favor brood development and overcome tree defenses, fungal associations are crucial for beetle success. To evaluate constitutive (pre-attack) and induced (post-attack) responses of conifer trees, two independent studies were conducted using the MPB and SPB associated pathogenic fungi Grosmania clavigera and Ophiostoma minus at 1-, 7- and 28- and 62-days post inoculation respectively. To understand the complex interaction that modulate tree defense responses, we performed (i) microarray and targeted gene expression analyses (chitinases & terpene synthases), under well-watered and water deficit conditions (ii) UHPLC and GC-MS chemical profiling of phenols and terpenoids, (iii) phytohormones and (iv) histochemical analyses, in coevolved and naïve pine trees. Results show that upon pathogen attack, jasmonic and salicylic acid were implicated in local and systemic response to fungal inoculation; in addition, an increased transcript expression of chitinases, pathogenesis-related genes, as well as fungal inoculation, as well as genes associated with jasmonate and ethylene signaling were observed. Chemical analyses showed induction of epi-catechin, tree unknown phenolic compounds and several phloem terpenoids (-pinene, -myrcene, limonene, terpinolene and -pinene) indicating an elevated response against pathogen attack. Lastly, histochemical analyses demonstrated the capacity of naïve pine trees to induce traumatic resin ducts production and lesion development to confine fungal expansion. Taken together these responses, naïve and coevolved conifers respond differently to fungal attack.

2:45pm - 3:20pm 35 mins
Agrochemical Formulation
Enhanced delivery and survival of biological products when formulated with specialty additives
  • Marc McPherson - Agronomist, Evonik
2:45pm - 3:20pm 35 mins
Biocontrol
Enhanced delivery and survival of biological products when formulated with specialty additives
  • Marc McPherson - Agronomist, Evonik
2:45pm - 3:20pm 35 mins
Biostimulants
Enhanced delivery and survival of biological products when formulated with specialty additives
  • Marc McPherson - Agronomist, Evonik
2:45pm - 3:20pm 35 mins
New Technologies
Panel Session on New Technologies
3:20pm - 3:55pm 35 mins
Break
3:55pm - 4:30pm 35 mins
Info
Agrochemical Formulation
Contribution of the adjuvants and formulations types to improve rainfastness of the pesticides
  • Patrick McMullan - President, Ramulus LLC
  • How to approach on target delivery to get away from the estimate of 40% don’t stick to the target surface
  • Altering droplet size to improve target delivery
3:55pm - 4:30pm 35 mins
Info
Biocontrol
Case study: Formulating a biopesticide to use as part of a seed treatment
  • Cécile Annie Ewané - Senior Lecturer; Associate Chief of the Laboratory of Phytoprotection and Valorization of Plant Resources, Biotechnology Center (Nkolbisson), University of Yaoundé 1
  • Examples of treating seeds with biopesticides
  • The challenges faced with creating a biopesticide seed treatment
  • Lessons learnt while formulating effective seed treatments 
3:55pm - 4:30pm 35 mins
Info
Biostimulants
New approaches for higher efficient plant nutrition
  • Eran Barak - CEO, Innovative Plant Nutrition
  • Higher effective Phosphate nutrition
  • To recruit the plant microbiome and the rhizosphere microorganism for the plant nutrition
3:55pm - 4:30pm 35 mins
Info
Seeds
Case study: Formulating a biopesticide to use as part of a seed treatment
  • Cécile Annie Ewané - Senior Lecturer; Associate Chief of the Laboratory of Phytoprotection and Valorization of Plant Resources, Biotechnology Center (Nkolbisson), University of Yaoundé 1
  • Examples of treating seeds with biopesticides
  • The challenges faced with creating a biopesticide seed treatment
  • Lessons learnt while formulating effective seed treatments 
3:55pm - 4:30pm 35 mins
Info
New Technologies
Best Practices for breaking DNA for effective Crop Protection
  • Explaining the decision process in picking with DNA needs to be broken 
  • Understanding which pests can be treated with CRISPR
  • Strategies to using this technology on a wider scale
4:30pm - 5:05pm 35 mins
Info
Agrochemical Formulation
Assessing methods to increase target pesticide delivery
  • Srdjan Acimovic - Plant Pathologist, Cornell University, Hudson Valley Research Laboratory
  • Formulation techniques to create a more robust formulation that can withstand the rain
  •  Formulation hurdles with improving rainfastness
  • Assessing the interaction between formulation and  application in improving rainfastness
4:30pm - 5:05pm 35 mins
Biocontrol
NC State's New Center of Excellence: Advancing Regulatory Science in Agriculture
  • Danesha Carley - Associate Professor, Horticultural Science, NC state
4:30pm - 5:05pm 35 mins
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Biostimulants
“Stacking Step-Ladders” – How functional redundancy is a barrier to biostimulant synergies
  • John Bailey - National Product Manager, Timac Agro USA
  1. Illustrate emerging Roullier Group Research suggesting there are overlaps in the modes of action of various biostimulants in terms of effects on plants, soils, and microbes
  2. Explore how this affects product performance in the field
  3. Highlight challenges and opportunities moving forward
4:30pm - 5:05pm 35 mins
Info
New Technologies
Case Study: CRISPR and licensing
  • Kevin E. Noonan, Ph.D. - Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
  • Lessons learnt from CRISPR regarding who owns technology
  • How will technology patents affect the future of genome technologies
  • Understanding the legal requirements of using licensed technology 
5:05pm - 6:05pm 60 mins
Networking Drinks and Reception