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How it started
The first successful attempt to produce nematodes in liquid culture was accomplished in 1989 by the department
of Biotechnology and Biological Control headed by Dr. Ralf-Udo Ehlers, at the Univesity of Kiel. Projects with
several industrial partners followed and in 1993, the first pilot production plant was built supported by the
Technological Fundng Office of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost region of Germany.
Despite this success, further development and commercial exploitation of these nematodes was almost halted,
when the last industrial partner from the USA suddenly withdrew from the project, thus jeopardizing financial support.
In order to pursue the industrial production of insect-pathogenic nematodes, e~nema GmbH was founded in early 1997.
The three shareholders, Dr. Ralf-Udo Ehlers, Tillmann Frank and Dr. Arne Peters could then lease the pilot plant
from the University of Kiel. In close vicinity to the Institute for Phytopathology in Raisdorf/Kiel, the production
and the distribution of new products for biological control began the same year.
Today, e~nema is furnished with a wide range of modern equipment for various biotechnological processes.
Various biological processes can be run under controlled conditions in volumes up to 8000l.
e~nema continues to grow and there is no end in sight: By entering into various co-operations with companies
inside and outside Germany and by participating in numerous research projects with universities and other
research institutes e~nema is steadily expanding its methods of producing biological control products as well
its range of products.
e~nema participates actively in:
International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA)
IBMA Germany & Austria
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