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Brazil OKs sugar cane bioinsecticide

Brazil has approved the dossier for a bioinsecticide based on the entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema puertoricense, and the bacterium, Xenorhabdus nematophila, for post-emergence use on sugar cane. The applicant is the Brazilian company, Bio Controle Métodos de Controle de Pragas (Sao Paulo). It intends to market the product as Bio Nep Steinernema. The product comes in the form of a polyurethane sponge containing a solution of nematodes inoculated with X nematophila. The national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, set a 30-day comment period from March 11th.


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