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Spanish to market Medfly bioinsecticide

Spanish researchers are seeking interested companies to market a bacterial bioinsecticide based on a Bacillus strain. It is for use against Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata). The scientists from the University of Granada’s institute of biotechnology say they have developed a “new technique for the control of Mediterranean fruit flies, which is easily producible, safe for human health and the environment, and can be supplied by conventional methods”. It is providing “promising results”, obtaining 90-100% mortality rates in artificial diet contamination bioassays, and 90% in bioassays on “real fruits”. Lead researcher Dr Susana Vilchez says the team has been granted two patents for its product. The team notes the lack of any bioinsecticide on the market for use against the pest. Dr Vilchez says the flies are a significant pest that attack over 260 fruit and flower species.



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