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Exosect/FERA deal on <i>B bassiana</i>

The UK pest management company, Exosect (Winchester, Hampshire), has acquired an exclusive licence for an isolate of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, from the UK Food, Environment and Research Agency (FERA). The licence covers grain and food storage in Europe with rights to extend to other uses globally. Last year, the company agreed a collaborative deal with the US solid substrate fungal fermentation specialist, Sylvan Bio, for developing a formulation of an isolate of B bassiana and Exosect’s platform electrostatic powder technology, Entostat, for the control of stored grain pests ( Agrow No 617, p 3). Exosect, FERA and Sylvan are part of a consortium carrying out government-funded research to identify a fungal pathogen for the control of a range of key stored grain insect pests ( Agrow No 492, p 11).

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