Spanish university launches bio-insecticide:
Researchers from the Public University of Navarre (Pamplona, Spain) launched in March a baculovirus-based bio-insecticide for use on horticultural crops. The product is for the control of beet armyworms (Spodoptera exigua) and gained patent protection in Spain last year. The armyworm is the major pest for Spain's greenhouse crops such as aubergines and peppers, lead researcher Professor Primitivo Caballero says. Agrochemicals have been the major control tool over the past 60 years, leading to increasing resistance, he claims. The 90-member Almeria horticulture products export association, the COEXPHAL, will have use of the patent. The association accounts for 10,000 growers, producing 80% of the region's horticultural crops.