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Brazil OKs emamectin for emergency use

Brazil has granted emergency import and use authorisation for products based on Syngenta’s insecticide, emamectin benzoate, for the control of corn earworms ( Helicoverpa armigera) on cotton and soybeans. The approval follows the appearance of the pest in the western Bahia region of the country. The Ministries of Agriculture, the Environment and Health negotiated the approval. Application rules will be determined by the Brazilian state. The Ministry of Agriculture also recently approved the use of the biopesticides, Bacillus thuringiensis and the H zea nuclear polyhedrosis virus, and the chemical insecticides, DuPont’s chlorantraniliprole (trade-marked as Rynaxypyr) and indoxacarb, and BASF’s chlorfenapyr, for use against the pest on cotton. All five had already been approved for other uses in Brazil.

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