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US weighs up biopesticide for turf pest control

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to allow the use of the biopesticide, Bacillus thuringiensis japonensis, in field trials to control Japanese beetles ( Popillia japonica) in turf. The trials would be conducted in five states. The APHIS has issued a draft environmental assessment (EA), which is open to comment until October 28th. Testing in further locations may be allowed if a finding of no significant impact is reached for the EA. Japanese beetles arrived in the US in 1912 and are subject to quarantine restrictions in 28 states.

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