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Exosect receives funding for stored grain admixture

The UK pest management company, Exosect (Winchester, Hampshire), has won a competitive bid for grant funding under the first round of UK government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst fund. It is for a project to develop the first biological grain admixture for the control of insects and mites in stored grain for the EU. The grain admixture technology utilises the company’s proprietary pheromone delivery system, Entostat, to enable the delivery of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, directly to grain before it is placed in storage. Exosect will be working in partnership with machine-to-machine connectivity specialist Eseye, which will assist in developing systems to monitor data from a range of sources within the grain handling process. Exosect intends to submit a dossier for Annex 1 registration under the EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009) this autumn. The £70 million ($115 million) Agri-Tech Catalyst was launched in October 2013 by the UK Technology Strategy Board and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to help commercialise UK agricultural innovation (Agrow No 675, p 10).

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