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US EPA to OK Marrone's Venerate

The US EPA proposes to register US biopesticide company Marrone Bio Innovations' (MBI - Davis, California) bioinsecticide/acarcide/nematicide, Venerate (Burkholderia spp strain A396 94.5%), for use on a range of arable crops, fruit, vegetables, turf and ornamentals. Intended uses also include seed treatments and home garden applications. Venerate is for the control of many foliar feeding pests including Lepidoptera, Coleoptora, aphids, whiteflies and mites, and soil-borne nematodes. It acts by enzymatic degradation of exoskeletal structures and interference with the moulting process through contact and/or ingestion. The product comprises heat-killed Burkholderia spp strain A396 cells and spent fermentation media. The EPA plans to issue an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for all agricultural commodities. MBI applied for approval of the biopesticide as MBI-206 in 2010 (Agrow No 601, p 38). The approval decision is open to public comment until February 21st.

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