AgBiTech opens second biopesticide plant
The Australian biopesticide company, AgBiTech (Toowoomba, Queensland), has opened a second manufacturing plant in Toowoomba to meet growing international demand for its baculovirus-based insecticides. The plant began functioning on November 1st and is expected to be fully operational by January 2014. It is part of a "multi-million dollar" expansion programme aimed at increasing production capacity 30-fold, the company points out. The new facility expands AgBiTech's manufacturing floor space from 1,000 mto 3,600m. The company saw strong demand for its Helicoverpa zea nucleopolyhedrovirus bioinsecticide, HzNPV CCAB, for the control of corn earworms (H zea) on cotton and soybeans in Brazil this year after receiving an emergency registration (Agrow No 670, p 25). It hopes to receive approval in the US in early 2014. It will be marketed there as Heligen (Agrow No 671, p 3).