US biopesticide patent for ABM
The US agricultural biologicals company, Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM - Van Wert, Ohio), has gained exclusive worldwide rights to a US patent (8,716,001) for a strain of the fungus, Trichoderma spp, that induces resistance to plant diseases and increases plant growth. The patent was issued to Cornell University last month. The technology was developed in co-operation with the University's professor Gary Harman who is ABM's chief scientific officer. The patent covers a strain selected from the group consisting of T atroviride strain WW10TC4, T harzianum strain RR17Bc and T harzianum strain F11 Bab and combinations thereof. The strain is utilised in ABM's products carrying the iGET logo. ABM recently granted marketing rights to Dutch seed treatment company Incotec (Agrow No 689, p 3).