US approval for AgBiTech's Heligen
The US EPA has approved Australian company AgBiTech's (Toowoomba, Queensland) bioinsecticide, Heligen (Helicoverpa zea ABA nucleopolyhedrovirus - NPV), for the control of corn earworms/cotton bollworms/tomato fruitworms (H zea) and tobacco budworms (H virescens) on a range of crops. The Agency proposed the approval last month (Agrow No 682, p 26). AgBiTech expects strong demand for the product, particularly from farmers growing crops such as soybeans and sorghum. It can be applied early in the seasons to suppress pests or later as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other products, the company points out. AgBiTech is developing a second product targeting fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) and its research pipeline includes viruses for use against soybean loopers (Pseudoplusia includens) and diamondback moths (Plutella xylostella).