SipcamAdvan Advances Biorational Portfolio
SipcamAdvan has been appointed exclusive distributor for the biofungicide Actinovate in select crops and turfgrass in the United States. Actinovate, which is manufactured by Natural Industries, Inc., contains the active ingredient Streptomyces lydicus strain WYEC 108.

Dow AgroSciences, NemGenix Establish Collaboration
Dow AgroSciences LLC and NemGenix, a Perth, Australia-based biotechnology company, announced a newly established collaboration agreement to pursue novel technologies to produce nematode-resistant crops.

The collaboration will support a number of full-time researchers at NemGenix’s facilities in Perth. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

First Seed Treatment Insecticide for Leafy Vegetables
Syngenta Seed Care announced that the first seed treatment insecticide for small-seeded vegetables has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on leafy vegetables. This offers protection against early-season sucking and chewing insects and will be available as a component of the FarMore Technology platform.

The insecticide component of FarMore Technology, also available for use on cucurbit vegetables, delivers targeted protection against early-season insects including aphids, flea beetles, whiteflies (suppression) and leaf miners in head, romaine and leaf lettuce only. It also offers broad-spectrum, systemic and postemergence disease protection against fusarium, Pythium and rhizoctonia.

Venomix Changes Name to Vestaron
Vestaron Corp. announced that it has completed a corporate name change from Venomix, Inc. Vestaron, a privately held biotechnology company, is developing insecticides based on the peptides that spiders use to kill insects. For more information, visit

Syngenta Receives Label Expansions
Syngenta Crop Protection announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a label expansion for Voliam Flexi insecticide. Voliam Flexi is now approved for use on vegetables including brassica, cucurbit, fruiting and leafy vegetables; it has also been approved for use on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit, tree nuts and grapes.

It protects crops from chewing and sucking insects, as well as lepidopteran pests.

Also, the EPA approved additional soil application methods for Durivo insecticide. In addition to application through drip chemigation, Durivo can also be applied during planting or transplanting as an in-furrow spray, transplant hole drench or narrow surface band above the seedline; after planting as a post-seeding, post-transplanting or hill drench; or rootzone and shank application.

Durivo is registered for use in vegetable crops, including leafy and fruiting vegetables, brassicas and cucurbits.

In both cases, state registrations or specific crop and/or pest uses may still be pending. Please check with your state regulatory agency to determine registration status.

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Marrone Bio Innovations to Launch New Regalia Formulation
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new formulation of Regalia, a product for control of fungal and bacterial diseases in crops and ornamentals. The new Regalia features an expanded label with additional crops and uses, a reduced four-hour re-entry interval and a preharvest interval of zero days. The new formulation provides improved physical characteristics for easier mixing and spraying.

The label expansion for Regalia includes new crops, such as berries, bulb vegetables, brassicas, legumes, pome fruits, stone fruits and tree nut crops, in addition to the existing uses on tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits, grapes, leafy greens, strawberries and walnuts.

The new formulation is recognized by the National Organic Program as fully compliant for use on organic crops.

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Portal Miticide/Insecticide Receives N.Y. Registration
Portal 5EC Miticide/Insecticide from Nichino American, Inc. has received registration from the state of New York for use on apples and pears.

Portal, a broad-spectrum contact miticide/insecticide that belongs to the METI (mitochondrial electron transport inhibitor) class of compounds, blocks cellular respiration, halts feeding damage and causes cessation of egg laying. Mites die in three to seven days. Portal provides control of all species of mites as well as Asian citrus psyllid, mealybugs, pear psylla and white apple leafhopper.

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