DuPont/AgraQuest French biopesticide deal
DuPont and the US biopesticide company, AgraQuest (Davis, California), have agreed an exclusive French development and distribution deal for AgraQuest’s biofungicide, Bacillus pumilus strain QST 2808. DuPont will develop the biofungicide as DPX RNP31 for the control of Sclerotinia spp and other diseases of oilseed rape. “DPX RNP31 is an innovative complementary solution for the design of protection programmes for oilseed rape,” says DuPont’s general manager for France and Benelux, Jean-Pierre Princen. AgraQuest introduced the biofungicide as Ballad in the US in 2005 for the control of Asian soybean rust ( Phakopsora pachyrhizi) on organic soybeans ( Agrow No 472, p 22). It is also sold in Brazil and Mexico.