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Brazil Embrapa to launch armyworm bioinsecticide

The Brazilian agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, has entered the final stages of developing a biological control agent for use against fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda). The pest is prevalent in Brazilian cotton, beans, maize and soybeans and has become resistant to chemical insecticides. The S frugiperda baculovirus-based product is expected to be available by late 2015 or early 2016.

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