Marrone Bio Innovations Offers CEU Course on Biopesticides

Pest control advisers, private applicators, certified crop advisers and other license holders can now earn continuing education units (CEU) by studying a new course on biopesticides. The course is accessible through Marrone Bio Innovations (www.marronebioinnovations.com), at the California Association of Pest Control Applicators (http://www.capca.com/onlinececourses) and the Association of Applied Insect Ecologists (www.aaie.net). Licensees can study the material and take the test online to earn credit without leaving their homes or offices.

The free course is accredited by the California Department of Food and Agriculture for all Department of Pesticide Regulation licensees and county pesticide permit holders. Those who study the course and pass the test online will earn two hours of credit, including .5 hour in the category Laws and Regulations. Credits are also available to licensed consultants, applicators, qualified applicators and aerial applicators in California, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Other states are pending. A current list of state accreditations is available at the Web site. The course is also accredited by the American Society of Agronomy for two IPM hours for the certified crop adviser (CCA) program.

Those who do not wish to take the test for credit can download a PDF file of the course for their own reference and use.

Microbial Chemistry Included on FRAC 2009 Code List

AgraQuest, Inc. announced that Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713, the active ingredient in its biofungicide product Serenade, has been included on the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee’s (FRAC) 2009 Code List. This is the first microbial chemistry to be included on FRAC’s Code List. Serenade acts as a broad-spectrum biological fungicide registered on a wide variety of high-value fruit and vegetable crops.

FRAC is the global resource for developing guidelines for the best-use practices of fungicides and managing fungicide resistance.

EPA Announcements

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced several regulation changes:

New regulation replaces existing tolerances for residues of pyrimethanil on citrus fruit, group 10-postharvest; and stone fruit, group 12, except cherry, with tolerances for residues of pyrimethanil in or on citrus fruit, group 10, except lemon, postharvest; stone fruit, group 12; and lemon, preharvest and postharvest. Effective July 8; objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before September 8. www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2009/July/Day-08/p15942.htm

New regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of cyazofamid and its metabolite, CCIM, expressed as cyazofamid in or on fruiting vegetable group 8 and okra. Additionally, it establishes a tolerance with regional restrictions in or on grape. Finally, this regulation removes the established grape import and tomato tolerances, as a regional tolerance on grape and fruiting vegetable group tolerance replaces them, respectively. Effective July 8, 2009. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before September 8. www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2009/July/Day-08/p15945.htm

New regulation establishes tolerances for the residues of buprofezin in or on brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A; green bean coffee; and pomegranate. Effective July 10; objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before September 8. www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2009/July/Day-10/p16367.htm

New regulation establishes tolerances for combined residues of indoxacarb and its metabolites and degradates, to be determined by measuring only indoxacarb and its R-enantiomer, in or on garden beet roots and tops; and bushberry subgroup 13-07B. Effective July 10; objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before September 8. www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/2009/July/Day-10/p16368.htm


NEW PRODUCTS

Fly Control Products for Mushrooms

Natural Forces, in conjunction with TyraTech, Inc., releasing three new insecticide and repellent products formulated for the mushroom industry. All three products, known as Divert, Flitter and Divert-O, were developed using TyraTech Nature’s Technology for use against flies, flying insects and other pests found in and around mushroom houses and processing facilities.

New Organic Miticide

Monterey gAResources announced that Biomite, a new organic miticide, is now available. The minimum-risk biochemical miticide fits in well with mite control programs, integrated pest management and sustainable/organic practices.

Biomite controls mites such as broad, citrus rust, European red, Pacific, two-spotted and Willamette.

Biomite is registered for use on apples, cucurbits, grapes, hops, nuts, pears, stone fruit, nursery and ornamental crops. Biomite is most effective under cooler conditions earlier in the season and can be applied as soon as mites are identified on the plants or when conditions favor mite outbreaks.