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Japan OKs Arysta's biocontrol agent

Arysta LifeScience has received Japanese approval for the predatory mite, Amblyseius swirskii, for the control of thrips and whiteflies ( Bemisia tabaci). The Japanese company developed the mites in collaboration with the Dutch biological control company, Koppert (Berkel en Rodenrijs). The product, marketed as Swirskii, is already being sold in Europe, where it is used extensively in Spain, Arysta reports. A swirskii can be applied to potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans and other vegetables. Arysta LifeScience has been developing the biological control product since 2006, and is currently working on expanding its applications. Arysta is a major shareholder in Koppert and the companies have been collaborating for several years ( Agrow No 463, p 4).

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