International News Posts

ABM Names Dr. Gary Harman Chief Science Officer

December 5th, 2012

Dr. Gary Harman, pictured right. George Collins, COO, pictured left.

As of December 1, 2012, ABM is excited to announce that we have appointed Dr. Gary Harman as our Chief Science Officer. His contributions to the agricultural community have been remarkable and we look forward to unraveling the endless possibilities of improving and discovering new technologies available to the grower.

Dr. Harman has spent the past 42 years as a Professor at Cornell University dedicating his life’s work to the development of microbial technologies to enhance plant growth and productivity; Including biological control of plant diseases, enhanced resistance to stress, improved nitrogen use efficiency and increased yields, and development of products using agricultural waste products for environmental remediation. He has authored two books including Trichoderma and Gliocladium, co-authored by Christian Kubick of the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, nearly 150 scientific papers, and about 20 patents or patent applications.

In working with Professor Gary Harman of Cornell University, ABM has developed the technology to isolate and identify specific strains of beneficial Trichoderma.  In that work, many thousands of strains were produced and screened over a period of more than 30 years.  ABM’s strains are the very best from this large effort, headed by the foremost leader in Trichoderma research: Dr. Gary Harman.

To view Dr. Gary Harman’s credentials, please click here.

Naturall™ for Vegetables FAQ

November 27th, 2012

What is Naturall™ for Vegetables?

Naturall™ for Vegetables is an inoculant, or seed treatment, containing proprietary and patent pending biologicals called Trichoderma that colonize the root system of plants.  Crop stress such as disease and dry weather can be alleviated, and often systemically so that root colonization of the treatment benefits the physiology of the whole plant resulting in higher yields.

What is Trichoderma and how does it work?

Trichoderma is a fungi that is found in soils all over the world.  There are thousands of known Trichoderma strains but only a few are beneficial to plants.  Trichoderma colonizes with the plants root system and develops a symbiotic relationship with the plant.  The Trichoderma feed from the starches and sugars produced by the plant while exuding beneficial enzymes and proteins for the host plants use. As a result the plant produces a larger root system, improves resistance to stresses such as diseases, and improves its nitrogen and water use efficiency, thus resulting in higher yields.

ABM, in working with Dr. Gary Harman of Cornell University, has developed the technology to isolate and identify specific strains of beneficial Trichoderma.  Once the strains are identified and isolated, ABM tests each strain with various crops to determine which crop receives the most benefit from each strain of Trichoderma.  After thorough testing, a formulation is produced and brought to market to benefit farmers.

What seed products can Naturall for Vegetables be used with?

Naturall™ for Vegetables can be used on many types of vegetables such as Cucurbits, Leafy Vegetables and Cole Crops, Bulb Crops, Root Crops, and Tuber Crops.  See the label for a detailed listing of specific vegetable crops.

How do I apply Naturall™ for Vegetables to my seed?

Naturall™ for Vegetables comes in two different formulations:

Naturall™ for Vegetables PB is a planter box treatment that can be added just before planting at the planter box. It consists of a talc/graphite formulation as the carrier for the Trichoderma.   Specific rates for each vegetable crop can be seen on the Naturall™ for Vegetable label.  Make sure to mix the Naturall™ for Vegetables PB thoroughly with the seed. It should be noted; The talc/graphite formulation also helps to lubricate your planter equipment and also helps provide seed flowability.  Naturall™ for Vegetables PB will not replace your talc or graphite that you’ve been using, however it will complement your treatment.

Naturall™ for Vegetables HC is a high concentrate formulation specifically formulated for transplant crops.  It can be applied in-furrow or as a root dip, with or without a starter solution prior to transplanting.  When using water, use only non-chlorinated water.  See Naturall™ for Vegetables label for specific crop rates.

How is Naturall™ for Vegetables packaged?

Naturall™ for Vegetables PB is packaged in 16 oz. pouches that include a measuring scoop.  One pouch can treat up to 200 lbs. of seed depending on the crop.  One case contains 6 pouches. Naturall™ for Vegetables HC comes in two package sizes:  4 oz. and 16 oz. pouches. There are 12-4 oz. pouches in a case and 6-16 oz. pouches in a case.

How much does Naturall™ for Vegetables cost?

Typically ABM’s suggested retail cost for a 16 oz. pouch of Naturall™ for Vegetables PB is around $117/pouch, the Naturall for Vegetables HC 4 oz. pouches is around $21.50/pouch and the Naturall™ for Vegetables HC 16 oz. pouch is around $156.17/pouch.  Cost per acre will vary with different vegetables and planting rates.  Prices may vary.

Where can I buy Naturall™ for Vegetables?

Ask your vegetable seed supplier, or see your local ag retailer or co-op. Still can’t find it? Give ABM a call at 866-335-5994 and we’ll point you in the right direction.

What if I don’t use all of the Naturall™ for Vegetables this year?

Naturall™ for Vegetables PB and HC have a two year expiration date in the container.  You will need to store the unused product in a cool dry place until next season.  Each package is stamped with its expiration date for your convenience.

ABM International Global Business Team Newsletter 2011

January 18th, 2012

It has been 3 short years since the beginning of the Global Team concept we started at Advanced Biological Marketing. In that time we have gone from an idea to having Global Team Members in Central and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. We are currently talking to additional members on the four mentioned continents and look forward to increasing our Team numbers in the near future.

At A.B.M. we are very aware that you put your reputation on the line each time you talk to your customers about our products. We are working hard to keep our trichoderma quality at above 99%. We are currently adding on to our plant in Ohio, this addition will increase our ability to grow and manufacture the best trichoderma in the world. I want to thank and congratulate each and every one of you for helping us make this happen; it is a “win-win” for all of us. We are very excited about new products we are testing and plan to introduce some them in 2012. Below is a short update on our Global Team Members that are doing business worldwide.

Affirm Global:  Has worked effectively alongside Disagro to help with registration in Guatemala. Affirm Globals’ initiative is to work with NGO’s around the world to help subsistence farmers increase yields by using the A.B.M. line of products.

Exaclibre Gold on Korean Rice

Korea:  Hungnong Garden Material Co. LTD – (see right) We have secured the registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma and we are currently shipping orders for use on rice and vegetables. Also, they are testing A.B.M.’s waste digester product.

Guatemala: Disagro – has been working diligently to register the trichoderma products in Guatemala, with a final registration date likely due January 2012. They have tested the products on rice, snow peas and tobacco with great success.

Malaysia: Green World Genetics – We are currently working on final registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma and currently testing on rice, corn and vegetable crops. We have also begun to test our compost accelerator product on Palm oil trash and residue.

Panama: Grupo Melo S.A.- is working towards achieving registration. Testing of the Excalibur products have shown that when A.B.M.’s trichoderma are applied the farmer will receive a return of $1.21 for every dollar spent reflecting a yield of 20.6%. The witness despite being a less expensive seed treatment received a $.93 return for every dollar invested, this works out to a return of -7.29%.

Peru: Tecnoligias Bio-Organicas S.A.C. – is one of the original Global Business Team members and is continuing to work diligently to sell A.B.M.’s line of trichoderma into the Stevia and Cacao markets.

ABM Trichoderma Marketed as Avator in the Philippines

Philippines: Aldiz Incorporated (see left) – We have secured registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma and currently are shipping orders to be used on rice and testing on corn. A.B.M.’s line of trichoderma is private labeled and marketed as Avatar.

South Africa: Cerealis Precision – Josey Hendriks and Dr. Ronel Hendriks visited the A.B.M. offices in April to meet the staff as well as Dr. Gary Harman, worlds leading expert on Trichoderma. In May, Brad Custis attended the NAMPO show in South Africa to support Cerealis Precision in their efforts. This past spring was Cerealis Precision first distributing product in South Africa. They have had great market and grower acceptance with the A.B.M. products.

Tanzania: Triachem – is our newest Global Business Team member. Krishna and Adrian have been able to gain some market penetration
but are working to push the A.B.M. line of products throughout Tanzania.

Thailand: A.I.P. Co. LTD – We are currently working with A.I.P. CO. LTD to secure registration of our trichoderma and anticipate registration of products in 2012.

Ukraine: Imperial Agro – is also an original Global Business Team member. We have secured registration of bradyrhizobia on soybeans and shipping orders. In 5 independent trials SabrEx for corn showed an average increase of 5.2 bushels per hectare. We also are working on registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma on corn and wheat.

Vietnam: Ha Noi Minerals, Chemicals, and Construction, JSC – We have secured registration of A.B.M.’s trichoderma products and anticipate shipping current open orders for rice very soon. Also there is on going testing with SabrEx on corn.

At this time of the year the employees and families of A.B.M. want to take a moment to again thank you for your support. In future newsletters we would like to include data from testing around world. Please be sure to send A.B.M. any data that you may have accrued over the previous year. Have a happy and safe holiday season. We are looking forward to 2012 with great anticipation!


Don Bland

President, ABM International LLC

2010 A.B.M. International L.L.C. is formed

January 7th, 2010

Global Business Team is originated

January 7th, 2010

A.I.P./Thailand joins G.B.T.

January 7th, 2010

Aldiz Incorporated/Philippines joins G.B.T.

January 7th, 2010

Imperial Agro/ Ukraine becomes first European G.B.T. member

January 7th, 2010

G.B.T. membership reaches 20 countries and 5 continents

January 7th, 2010