Salesman Sells DiPel® for Over 30 Years

Frank Galluccio – Regional Manager for Sumitomo AgroSolutions

Frank Galluccio, Regional Manager for Sumitomo AgroSolutions, has been selling DiPel Biological Insecticide to customers for 30 years. In those 30 years, DiPel’s reputation has transformed in front of his very eyes.

DiPel has been improving crop production for many farmers since its conception in 1971. After 50 years, it continues to effectively and sustainably protect crops from lepidopteran pests. However, some farmers were initially skeptical about using DiPel. 

DiPel – A Product Ahead of its Time 

According to Frank, many table grape growers in the area seemed reluctant to purchase DiPel because they thought they’d be labeled a ‘Greenie’ given DiPel’s focus on sustainability. One of his customers, a grower from Euston NSW, found that DiPel effectively controlled light brown apple moth (LBAM), yet he would wait until other people had left the store before quietly asking to buy some.

Frank Galluccio and Wayne Shawcross from Elders Robinvale.

DiPel’s versatility has helped it transcend this original stigma. Many growers mix it with their general cover sprays for powdery mildew, downy mildew, and botrytis, giving them protection against disease and LBAM.

“It is a product that was ahead of its time,” said Frank. 

Frank says the most noticeable change from the early years of surreptitious purchases of 500g packs over the counter is that DiPel is now sold in much larger quantities and displayed proudly in the back of many utes.

The Benefits of DiPel

DiPel ensures that pests stop feeding immediately, preventing damage to the crop as soon as possible. It poses no harm to humans, wildlife, or the environment, and, although it targets caterpillar pests, it is non-toxic to pollinators and other beneficial insects. It is an Australian Organic Registered Farm Input, meaning that crops can be used in both organic farming and conventional cropping. Because it has no minimum re-entry period after application, workers are not delayed from returning to the crop.

As Bt insecticide use has continued, DiPel has maintained its effectiveness. Throughout the past five decades, DiPel has provided fast, effective, and natural pest control without posing a threat to beneficial insects, farm workers, and the environment.

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How to Use DiPel®

What are the best ways to get the most out of your DiPel application? 

DiPelIt’s easier than you may think. Proven effective for nearly 50 years in the field, DiPel protects against practically all lepidopteran pests that affect agricultural crops around the world on more than 200 crops.

Here are our top 10 considerations for farmers, consultants, and applicators. 

  1. Hit Them Early
    DiPel is ultra-effective against early instars. For best results, use predictive models, traps, or regular scouting to target first or second instars.
  1. Hit Them Again
    DiPel remains active on the leaf for 3-5 days, so consider follow-up applications as necessary.
  1. Coverage Is Key
    For best results, ensure full coverage with the lowest labeled volume. Only foliage that is covered will be protected.
  1. DiPel Works Through Ingestion
    DiPel works when ingested by the insect. It is NOT systemic, which is why coverage is so important.
  1. What About the pH?
    The DiPel DF formulation neutralizes alkaline (basic or high pH) water sources. However, some agrochemicals can increase tank pH, which will undermine DiPel’s efficacy. Maintain tank pH below 8.5.
  1. Spray With What Works
    DiPel is compatible with most spray equipment, including ULV (ultra-low volume) sprayers, backpack sprayers, ground sprayers, and aerial applications. Some DiPel labels even have instructions for application through irrigation.
  1. Mixing Is OK
    DiPel formulations are expertly designed for compatibility with other insecticides, fungicides, and additives.
    • Copper – DiPel is compatible with copper fungicides. However, the mixtures should be sprayed immediately.
    • Surfactants – DiPel is compatible with commonly used spreaders and stickers. They are most beneficial on hard-to-wet foliage like brassica.
    • Lime Sulfur – Bt products should not be tank mixed with lime sulfur. Lime sulfur applied over a Bt application may also reduce efficacy.
    • Water Sanitizers – DiPel is compatible with water that is treated with PAA or chlorine at normal water treatment rates (less than 100 ppm). DiPel is not compatible with fungicidal rates of PAA (greater than 500 ppm).
  1. Some Wash-Off Resistance
    DiPel is somewhat rainfast after it is dried on the foliage. Avoid applications in spotty weather and reapply if rain or overhead irrigation occurs before drying.
  1. Apply Day or Night
    It is not necessary to apply DiPel at night. DiPel can tolerate some UV light, but it helps to ensure complete coverage of the underside of leaves and inner leaves to reduce UV exposure.
  1. Agitation Required
    DiPel forms a suspension rather than dissolving in water. Settling can occur, so use continuous agitation during application.

Always read and follow label instructions. For label information or SDS, please contact your local distributor.

Valent BioSciences Announces Significant R&D Investments

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LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois, August 16, 2022 – To promote its industry leadership in biorational and biostimulant product innovation, Valent BioSciences LLC has announced significant investments at several of its key research and development facilities. These enhancements are in addition to the recently announced expansion of the company’s manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa.

A major expansion is planned for the Biorational Research Center in Libertyville, Illinois. Driven by business growth in synthetic biology, biostimulants, fermentation, and downstream processing, the facility, opened only four years ago, will be expanded significantly. The improvements will include new laboratory and pilot plant areas, office and meeting space, and an additional greenhouse.

Valent BioSciences subsidiary Mycorrhizal Applications LLC has announced an expansion of its research facilities at the Bio Research & Development Growth Park at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The enhancements will provide increased laboratory capacity for in vitro research related to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, as well as additional office and meeting space. Mycorrhizal Applications is also expanding the lab space at its headquarters in Grants Pass, Oregon, in order to increase overall research capacity. This expansion will allow the company to conduct in-depth research on new uses for mycorrhizae.

Additionally, in late 2020, the company established a dedicated Biorational Unit at parent company Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.’s Health & Crop Sciences Research Laboratory in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan. The collaboration enables Valent BioSciences to broaden its biorational research programs and activities, as well as launch various synthetic biology projects that will spark new opportunities in this burgeoning field.

“Sumitomo Chemical is committed to the biorational and biostimulant business as a part of Sumitomo Chemical’s global strategy,” said Dr. Warren Shafer, Vice President, Global R&D and Regulatory Affairs at Valent BioSciences. “Valent BioSciences and Mycorrhizal Applications, fully owned member companies, are excited about contributing to sustainable innovation through these expansions. This enhanced research capacity will accelerate the creation of next-generation innovations in the biorational industry. We look forward to continuing to develop industry-leading innovations for our customers around the world.”

Earlier this year, Valent BioSciences announced it is undertaking a major expansion at its Osage, Iowa, manufacturing facility. The additions include new production-scale fermentation and recovery equipment, a new pilot plant facility, and expanded laboratory space. The company is also restoring 34 acres of native prairie land adjacent to the Osage facility that will sequester approximately 170 tons of carbon dioxide annually, helping mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases in the environment. In addition, a 1.5-megawatt alternating current (AC) solar field being constructed on land adjacent to the prairie will provide approximately 8% of the Osage facility’s total annual electricity usage.

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

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Valent BioSciences LLC
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Valent BioSciences Announces Major Expansion at Its Osage Facility

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OSAGE, Iowa, June 6, 2022 – Valent BioSciences LLC announced today that it has approved a major expansion of its biorational manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa, which will meet increasing demand for its biorational products and the introduction of new products requiring more capacity. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed during the second quarter of 2024.

Production-scale fermentation and recovery equipment will be installed with full digital capabilities to produce products that increase crop yields, preserve forests, and protect the public from vector-borne diseases.

A new pilot plant facility with state-of-the-art development equipment will be included in the project. This will be used to accelerate introduction of new products and provide additional capacity and instrumentation to analyze and improve existing fermentation performance.

In addition, laboratory, office, maintenance, and warehouse areas will be expanded as part of the project plan to house additional employees and provide an enhanced workplace environment.

When it was completed in 2014, the Osage plant was the world’s largest purpose-built biorational manufacturing facility. Since then, Valent BioSciences has continued to invest significant resources in expanding its research and manufacturing capabilities at the site and satisfying the company’s tremendous business growth. This expansion will enable the company to maintain state-of-the-art facilities and help meet rising demand for the many biorational products that are made in Osage.

The Osage facility also incorporates the latest sustainable technologies. The expansion will use forward-thinking practices that reduce overall CO2 emissions, energy usage, and wastewater volumes. Recently, Valent BioSciences announced two high-profile environmental initiatives in Mitchell County, Iowa, on land adjacent to the Osage facility.

The first is the restoration of 34 acres of native prairie accessible to the public that will establish a diverse native habitat for birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and small wildlife.

The second is a 1.5-megawatt alternating current (AC) solar field. In collaboration with Heartland Power and One Energy this will be constructed on 12 acres of land next to the prairie restoration project, which will provide approximately 8% of the Osage facility’s total annual electricity usage.

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

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John Mandel
Valent BioSciences LLC
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Valent BioSciences Creates New Biostimulant Operating Unit Supporting Parent Company Sumitomo Chemical’s Goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2050

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LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois, February 16, 2022 – To further help support the goal of its parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., to achieve carbon neutral status by 2050, Valent BioSciences LLC announced today that it is establishing a new operating unit designed to expand its biostimulant line with new internally and externally developed products for both the U.S. and global markets in this important and rapidly growing crop production segment.

The new organization will be created and fully staffed over the next few months, enabling it to become functional ahead of the 2023 crop season in the U.S. market.

Sumitomo Chemical has announced a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, aiming to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by its production activities and business activities toward zero. Another area of focus to achieve carbon neutrality is the development of products and technologies across Sumitomo Chemical that can help advance the goal of carbon neutrality for society as a whole.

The new biostimulant unit will work with partners in discovering, developing, and commercializing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) products.

AMF technology supports this initiative effectively because AMF form a symbiotic relationship with approximately 90% of terrestrial plant species (including crops and forest trees) that provides many benefits, including the sequestration of carbon and improved soil health. As a result of this process, mycorrhizal fungi act as a direct air capture technology, which is trademarked as EcoDacTM by Sumitomo Chemical.

“Establishment of this new operating unit will assist us in growing our AMF business and helping meet rising U.S. crop production market industry demands for carbon-smart technologies,” said Salman Mir, Valent BioSciences’ Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Mycorrhizal Applications. “This will benefit not only our customers, but society as a whole as we focus on helping growers in sequestering more carbon. It will also spur rapid development of global biostimulant products, which continue to attract increased interested and acceptance from growers around the world.”

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

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Valent BioSciences LLC
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U.S. EPA Approves Expanded Use of LEAP® ES Bacterial Disease Management Biological Insecticide from Valent BioSciences

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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., February 1, 2022 – Valent BioSciences has announced that the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has approved the expanded use of LEAP® ES Bacterial Disease Management Biological Insecticide. As a result of this approval, LEAP ES is now registered for preventative use against cabbage Black Rot and Goss’s Wilt in sweet corn. It was approved previously for use on tomatoes and peppers.

LEAP ES features a distinctive mode of action and is the only alternative to copper-based products that, as part of a program, delivers two-way protection from both bacterial diseases and lepidopteran larvae that can reduce crop quality and yield.

The product triggers plant defenses to minimize effects from bacterial diseases while controlling yield-diminishing lepidopteran larvae that can increase pathogen points of entry. LEAP ES contains methyl salicylate (MeSA), a powerful plant compound that elicits a plant’s natural defense systems against pathogen infections without reducing crop yield.

“This expanded registration means that more growers will be able to utilize LEAP ES to control bacterial disease and worm problems on their crops,” said Rosa Gimenez, Valent BioSciences’ Global Business Director, Biorational Crop Protection. “LEAP ES offers a proven and effective biorational product solution that is ideal for the needs of today’s growers.”

LEAP ES is available through Valent U.S.A.’s extensive distribution network.

Click here to learn more about LEAP ES Bacterial Disease Management Biological Insecticide.

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

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John Mandel
Valent BioSciences LLC
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Email: john.mandel@valentbiosciences.com

 

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Valent BioSciences Announces Osage Facility Environmental Initiatives

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OSAGE, Iowa, January 12, 2022 – Valent BioSciences LLC announced today that it is undertaking two major environmental initiatives at its biorational manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa. They include a new prairie restoration project and solar field, both situated on existing Valent BioSciences land, which will provide a variety of benefits to the local community.

Prairie Restoration Project

Valent BioSciences is restoring 34 acres of highly diverse native prairie on its land in Mitchell County, Iowa, which will be accessible to the public. This project will help establish and support a diverse native habitat for birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and small wildlife. The prairie will also become a rest stop for monarch butterflies that migrate to and from Mexico each year.

At maturation, the prairie will sequester approximately 170 tons of carbon dioxide annually, helping mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas in the environment. Another environmental benefit is that it will need little maintenance and won’t require the application of fertilizers or pesticides.

The prairie will be available for local community and school use. A walking path will make it easy for visitors to traverse the prairie and interact with nature.

In conjunction with the project, Valent BioSciences applied for and received a grant for prairie seed from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Solar Field

The 1.5-megawatt alternating current (AC) solar field will be constructed on 12 acres of Valent BioSciences land adjacent to the prairie restoration project in conjunction with its partners, OneEnergy Renewables and Heartland Power Cooperative. This field will include approximately 3,700 bifacial solar panels that produce power from both sides of the panel and also track the sun from east to west. Once the solar field is operational, the Osage facility will receive the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) generated by the solar field. This project ensures that renewable energy will help power the Valent BioSciences facility.

The solar field is expected to produce about 3.4 million kilowatt hours of solar-generated electricity annually, which is anticipated to provide approximately 8% of the Osage facility’s total annual electricity usage. This amount of electricity generated is enough to power approximately 425 average-sized homes annually.

“We are proud to support these environmental initiatives, which align with our focus on sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in our local communities,” said Paul Kelley, Valent BioSciences’ Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. “Much work has also been going on behind the scenes to make these initiatives a reality, and we want to thank OneEnergy Renewables, the Heartland Power Cooperative, the City of Osage, the Mitchell County Conservation Board, and Pheasants Forever for their valuable contributions and assistance.”

“OneEnergy is excited to work with Valent BioSciences and Heartland Power Cooperative on this exceptional project,” said Tobin Booth, OneEnergy’s CEO. “We look forward to working with the community and county to permit the project this winter, and then to construct the site starting in the spring.”

“We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Valent BioSciences and OneEnergy on this project,” said Heartland Power Cooperative CEO Jon Leerar. “By working together, Heartland Power Cooperative and OneEnergy are able to provide knowledge and experience in the energy industry to help Valent BioSciences reach their sustainability goals.”

The 46-acre parcel of land that will be the home for the prairie and solar field was removed from row crop production during the fall and the 34-acre prairie site was planted on December 1 with a pollinator mix that includes high-quality annual and perennial wildflowers. Construction on the solar field is intended to start in April 2022, with an anticipated completion date in September 2022. Valent BioSciences has also planted more than 200 trees of different species around its Osage facility during the past two years.

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

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Valent BioSciences LLC
847-968-4728
Email: john.mandel@valentbiosciences.com

About OneEnergy Renewables

OneEnergy Renewables develops and delivers community and utility-scale solar energy facilities across the United States. OneEnergy’s mission is to make clean energy the number one electricity choice for consumers and utilities. Powered by the belief that the future will run on clean energy, its team works collaboratively with landowners, communities, and utility companies to deliver breakthrough clean energy facilities. For more information, please visit: www.oneenergyrenewables.com.

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OneEnergy Renewables
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About Heartland Power Cooperative

Heartland Power Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric distribution cooperative with offices in Thompson and St. Ansgar, IA. Heartland Power serves nearly 5,300 homes, farms, businesses, and industry with over 1,900 miles of electric power lines across 12 counties in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. We are committed to providing members with quality and affordable energy services that both meet and exceed their expectations. Heartland Power is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. For more information visit our website at www.heartlandpower.com.

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Jessica Marzen; Marketing & Communication Representative
Heartland Power Cooperative
Email: jmarzen@heartlandpower.com

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Valent BioSciences and Kansas State University Sign Collaborative Agreement for Soil Health Research Initiative with Dr. Charles W. Rice

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LIBERTYVILLE, IL., September 23, 2021Valent BioSciences LLC and Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, announce a formal long-term agreement to advance critical research in the areas of soil health and carbon smart farming. Kansas State University Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology, Dr. Charles W. Rice, a world-renowned researcher in carbon cycling and climate change, will oversee this initiative. A portion of the project funding will provide support for a doctoral student and a postdoctoral researcher.

“This collaboration with Kansas State University marks the next important and exciting step in our commitment to soil health in agriculture,” said Dr. Warren Shafer, Vice President, Global R&D and Regulatory Affairs at Valent BioSciences. “The specific projects being conducting with the university will help us remain the thought leader in the fields of carbon and nitrogen cycling, as influenced by the soil microbiome. These projects are part of a larger initiative led by our parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Company, to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

The overarching goal of the collaborative program with Kansas State University is to study the complex interactions that control soil carbon stability and carbon and nitrogen dynamics. The joint research team will evaluate how MycoApply® brand soil inoculants (containing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi) and soil conservation management practices together influence soil health. Healthy agricultural soils can reduce the impacts of climate change and offset greenhouse gases by stabilizing nitrogen and carbon.

Soil cores from the Kansas State University studies will be evaluated and analyzed at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri, using the organization’s state-of-the-art imaging technologies.Valent BioSciences maintains an ongoing collaboration with the Danforth Center to further define and shape the science of soil health. Scientists at the Danforth Center are using X-ray imaging equipment and computer learning to pioneer new techniques that shape the way we observe interactions between plant roots and beneficial soil microorganisms within the rhizosphere.

“This private/public partnership leverages global strengths for both organizations to address significant climate change research needs,” said David V. Rosowsky, Kansas State University Vice President for Research. “Dr. Rice’s unmatched expertise in soil health will be invaluable to this initiative, as will the tremendous assets our corporate partners can provide. This is a model for how the nation’s land-grant universities can address global issues.”

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

About Kansas State University

Founded in 1863 as the nation’s first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is a Tier 1 research university. Called the “Silicon Valley for biodefense,” the university is among the world’s foremost global food and biosecurity institutions, providing leadership on some of the today’s greatest challenges, including food safety and security and climate change.

About Dr. Charles W. Rice

Dr. Charles W. Rice specializes in soil microbiology, carbon cycling, and climate change, and has conducted extensive research in all of these areas. He is the first recipient of the Mary L. Vanier University Professorship at Kansas State University, which honors and supports innovative faculty members who are doing exceptional work. In addition, he was named 2020 Educator of the Year by the Mid America CropLife Association. Rice was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is also the Chair, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Rice earned a doctorate in soil microbiology and an M.S. in soil science from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in geography, natural environmental systems from Northern Illinois University.

About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education and outreach aim to have impact at the nexus of food security and the environment, and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.

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John Mandel
Valent BioSciences
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Valent BioSciences Announces U.S. EPA Registration of AccedeTM Plant Growth Regulator for Effective Thinning of Stone Fruit and Apples

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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., June 30, 2021 – Valent BioSciences LLC announces U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registration of a new plant growth regulator (PGR), which will be marketed under the brand name AccedeTM, utilizing the active ingredient 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC).

Accede is the first PGR based on a naturally occurring compound developed specifically for thinning of stone fruit, including peaches and nectarines. It also gives apple growers an effective tool to thin apples in the late thinning window when fruit are 15-20 mm in diameter. Until now, no fruit thinner has provided reliable thinning at this stage of development. Use of Accede will reduce the need for costly hand thinning to adjust the crop load and generate higher fruit quality and grower returns.

ACC occurs naturally in plants. Once applied to the crop, the active ingredient in Accede is quickly converted to ethylene using the plant’s natural biochemical pathways. The ethylene generated after application of Accede stimulates and accelerates flower and fruit drop in apples and stone fruit.

Accede does not leave ACC residues at harvest, as it is rapidly broken down in plants. The product was classified as a biochemical by the EPA in 2015. The technology in Accede is covered by numerous patents.

“This game-changing plant growth regulator will revolutionize the way tree fruit growers manage their crop loads,” said Dr. Warren Shafer, Vice President of Global Research and Development and Regulatory Affairs at Valent BioSciences. “Its registration in the U.S. is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development collaboration between Valent BioSciences, Valent U.S.A. LLC and our parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. We are proud to bring this unique, effective biorational product to market and help growers realize its tremendous benefits.”

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About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

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John Mandel
Valent BioSciences
847-968-4728
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Valent BioSciences and Valent U.S.A. Collaborate with Halo on Open Innovation Initiative Seeking New Technologies and Solutions

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SAN RAMON, Calif., June 23, 2021 – Valent BioSciences  and Valent U.S.A. are collaborating with Halo to launch an open innovation initiative utilizing Halo’s state-of-the-art technology platform. This platform connects enterprises with universities, researchers and start-ups around the world to effectively crowd-source innovative ideas, technologies and solutions with experts who are working on either solving the same problems or similar problems across a range of scientific endeavors that could be applied elsewhere.

Utilizing Halo, sponsors post areas of interest for research collaborations through requests for proposals (RFPs), and scientists respond with simple, standardized proposals. Organizations then review the proposals and reach out directly to learn more or provide feedback. If the parties are interested in sharing confidential information or negotiating an agreement, the conversation moves off of Halo and the process proceeds as usual with any industry collaboration.

“Halo is a marketplace and network that drives science forward by connecting scientists directly with leading companies to promote research collaborations and funding opportunities,” said Kevin Leland, CEO and founder of Halo. “We’re thrilled to partner with industry leaders Valent BioSciences and Valent U.S.A. so that researchers who share their dedication to agricultural sustainability can benefit from their expertise and resources.”

In its first venture with Halo, Valent BioSciences and Valent U.S.A. are focused on finding partners to further their research in three specific areas. These areas include soil carbon sequestration, the ecosystem services benefits of mycorrhizal fungi colonization and novel compounds that can bolster crop protection and enhancement portfolios. The three RFPs are posted on the Halo website for interested parties to learn more about the various opportunities.

In addition, Valent BioSciences and Valent U.S.A. are hosting several webinars on June 29 that will provide additional details about the companies and RFPs. Participants can register for these webinars on the Halo website.

“We are excited to collaborate with Halo in tackling some of our planet’s most urgent challenges in accordance with our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Dr. Warren Shafer, Vice President, Global R&D and Regulatory Affairs, Valent BioSciences. “With an opportunity to shape the future, we look to reach beyond our corporate boundaries to engage with like-minded collaborators and innovative technologies that can be tailored into sustainable and leading-edge solutions that will help our growers and the planet thrive. We believe that through our partnership with Halo, Valent Biosciences and Valent U.S.A. can broaden our connection to the global scientific and business communities, while communicating our commitment to people, planet and productivity.”

 About Halo

Halo is a partnering platform where companies and scientists join forces to bring new innovations to market. Through a simple, streamlined RFP process, companies can quickly review proposals with their team, learn about new technologies and cultivate relationships with the scientists behind them. For more passive scouting and brand building, companies can highlight existing research partnerships and technology interests on their innovation page. Since launching in January 2020, Ph.D. scientists and startups across 65 countries and six continents have submitted more than 1,000 proposals on Halo. To learn more, visit halo.science/sponsors.

 About Valent BioSciences LLC

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. Valent BioSciences is an ISO 9001 Certified Company. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.valentbiosciences.com.

About Valent U.S.A. LLC

Valent U.S.A., headquartered in San Ramon, California, develops and markets products in the United States, Canada and Mexico that advance sustainable agriculture, protect crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, seed protection and professional use. Valent is a leader in marketing and sales of both traditional chemical products and biorational products developed by its affiliate, Valent BioSciences LLC. For additional information, visit the company’s website at: https://www.valent.com

About Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies. It offers a diverse range of products globally in the fields of petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. The company’s consolidated sales revenue for fiscal year 2020 was JPY 2.287 trillion and the number of employees is about 34,000 as of March 31, 2020. For additional information, visit the company’s website at https://www.sumitomo-chem.co.jp/english/.

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Steve Tatum
(925) 951-3164
Email: steve.tatum@valent.com

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John Mandel
Valent BioSciences
847-968-4728
Email: john.mandel@valentbiosciences.com

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