China OKs fipronil/chlorpyrifos seed treatment
China's Ministry of Agriculture has endorsed a microcapsule suspension of the insecticides, fipronil and chlorpyrifos, for use as a seed treatment. The technology was jointly developed over a four-year period by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences' (CAAS) Institute of Plant Protection and Chinese pesticide company Beijing Bioseen Crop Sciences. The seed treatment is for use on peanut crops and can reportedly control soil pests with a success rate of 95%. The 18% fipronil/chlorpyrifos microcapsule suspension was registered in March this year, and it has already been applied to some 27,000 ha of peanuts crops in the provinces of Shandong and Henan. The CAAS expects that it will be used on over 333,000 ha of crops in 2014. Peanuts account for 2.8% of China's total planted crop area.