Nov 22, 2022
Botanical Solution wins crop science award

Botanical Solution Inc. (BSI) has won a Crop Science Award for “Best New Biological Product (Biopesticide).”

BSI, which develops sustainable and cost-effective botanical materials for agricultural and pharmaceutical applications, was recognized in the best of the crop protection industry at the Crop Science Awards 2022, formerly known as the Agrow Awards.

A global audience tuned into the Nov. 10 online event, which was the event’s 15th installment. The live webcast celebrated the achievements of industry peers, according to a news release.

BSI’s Quillaja saponaria plant-based fungicide, Quillibrium, won the award.

According to the Crop Science Awards web site, the award criteria was based on “the product’s effectiveness and how its formulation is acceptable to users and distributors, forging a niche in a market dominated by synthetic chemicals. The judges were not looking for products that perform in the laboratory. We want to see biologicals that work in the real world.”

Competition was intense across most categories. In six categories, high commendations were granted to near-triumphant applications in addition to the winners. BSI’s distribution partner for Quillibrium, Syngenta, led the winners with five winning awards. One of the most highly contested awards was for Best Industry Collaboration. BSI and Syngenta were named finalist for this category.

“We have demonstrated that Quillibrium is a great tool for growers looking for highly efficacious integrated pest management strategies against rapidly changing climate and disease pressure conditions,” Gastón Salinas, BSI’s CEO, stated in the release. “We are fortunate to take part of this incredibly rewarding and exciting journey to develop essential and truly sustainable tools for supporting key challenges of modern agriculture.

“We are grateful to our partner Syngenta for helping us to augment and accelerate our value proposition to the end-users of Quillibrium. We’re happy and proud to share this Best Biological Product (Biopesticide) Award with the whole team of Syngenta Biologicals.”

Several weeks ago, Syngenta brought leaders, startups including BSI and those passionate about biologicals, together for Syngenta’s first Biologicals Summit at its R&D site in Stein, Switzerland. “Quillibrium and our partnership with BSI are great examples of how to create the right innovation ecosystem, to bring biological solutions to farmers everywhere, faster,” Corey Huck, Syngenta’s Head of Global Biological Business, said in the release.

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