Serenade EU approval to extend to bactericide use
EU member states have supported proposals to correct the existing EU registration for Bayer CropScience’s biofungicide, Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713, to include its additional use as a bactericide against fireblight (Erwinia amylovora). Uses as a fungicide and bactericide had been assessed before the active ingredient originally gained EU approval in 2007, but the authorisation listing erroneously omitted the bactericide use. In January 2015, the Netherlands notified the European Commission that the applicant had requested the correction. The change requires publication in the EU Official Journal before coming into force. The product is sold as Serenade for use on grapevines, fruit and vegetables. It was developed by AgraQuest, which was acquired by Bayer in 2012. Assessment of the renewal of the ai’s approval is under way and the existing authorisation has been extended to April 2018 to allow more time for regulatory procedures to be completed.