AgBiTech opens US biopesticide laboratory
The Australian biopesticide company, AgBiTech (Toowoomba, Queensland), has opened a US research laboratory at the University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator in Columbia, Missouri. The establishment of a US laboratory will allow the company to develop products relevant to international markets and not just Australia. "Investing in a dedicated research facility in North America gives AgBiTech greater flexibility to respond to farmers' needs worldwide," says chief executive officer Anthony Hawes. The company's five-year goal is to release several new products targeting significant agricultural pests. Its Helicoverpa zea nucleopolyhedrovirus bioinsecticide was introduced in Brazil this year as HzNPV CCAB (Agrow No 670, p 25). The company is also targeting the US and Europe (Agrow No 671, p 3). The first product to emerge from the US laboratory will be for use against fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda ). AgBiTech is funding a co-operative research and development project with the USDA and plans to start the registration process in early 2014.