Zelam seeks to import biopesticide to New Zealand
The New Zealand crop protection company, Zelam (Fitzroy, New Plymouth), has applied to the country's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to import the Aureobasidium pullulans-based biopesticide, Blossom Protect, for the protection of pome fruit from fireblight (Erwinia amylovora) and kiwifruit from kiwifruit canker (Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae). The product is a water-dispersible granule formulation containing two strains of A pullulans and a citric buffer. It is the first application to the EPA for the use of these bacterial strains in a biopesticide. Austrian company Bio-Ferm received US and Canadian approvals for Blossom Protect (A pullulans strain DSM14940 + A pullulans strain DSM14941) in 2012 and EU registration last year. The New Zealand application is open to public comment until February 17th 2015.