Bayer acquires AgroGreen biofungicide
Bayer CropScience has acquired the Metschnikowia fructicola-based biofungicide, Shemer, from Israeli biopesticide company, AgroGreen (Ashdod). This follows Bayer’s acquisition last year of the Bacilllus firmus-based bionematicides, BioNem and Votivo, from the same company ( Agrow No 582, p 27). Shemer acts as an antagonist for the control of pathogens such as Aspergillus spp, Botrytis spp, Rhizopus spp and Sclerotinia spp, in fruit and vegetables, and has a long residual action, Bayer says. It can be applied pre- and post-harvest, in mixtures, and is safe to non-target organisms. The product is approved in Israel for use on grapevines, strawberries and citrus, pome and stone fruit. Bayer expects its first European registrations in 2013.