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New Zealand mulls new potato insecticide

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has received an application from Cheminova to import the insecticide, Tripsol (acrinathrin 22.5 g/litre + abamectin 12.6 g/litre), for the control of potato/tomato psyllids ( Bactericera cockerelli). The novel emulsion formulation is not registered anywhere in the world, the EPA notes. Abamectin is already approved in New Zealand, but acrinathrin is not. Trials in New Zealand have shown Tripsol to be more effective against B cockerelli on potatoes than other products on the market, Cheminova claims. Acrinathrin and abamectin are toxic to aquatic organisms, bees and other arthropods, but the benefits of Tripsol use outweigh any risks, the company maintains. The application is open to public comment until March 12th.

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