ANDERMATT BIOCONTROL AG announced the U.S registration of its biopesticide Spexit®, a Spodoptera exigua nucleopolyhedrovirus (SeNPV). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted registration of Spexit® to control Beet Armyworm Spodoptera exigua on a broad range of different crops, including sweet pepper, tomato, melon, strawberry, cucumber, lettuce, sugar beet, and many others. Spexit® is a highly concentrated liquid formulation with a recommended application rate between 1 and 2.5fl oz. per acre, depending on the crop and severity of pest infestation. The approval includes agricultural use (greenhouse and open field) as well as residential use.

“Spexit® provides excellent control of Spodoptera exigua, leaves zero residues and is absolutely harmless to non-target organisms,” said Alex Meier, Head of Marketing International Business at Andermatt. “Spexit has already obtained approval in Spain” said Meier.

Biocontrol methods and biological pesticides are becoming very popular with US growers and provide benefits up and down the food value chain.

“Spexit® will provide growers with a completely residue free method to control an economically important lepidopteron pest in the United States” said Bill Stoneman, Andermatt’s US Marketing Consultant. “We are excited to reach out to partners in key markets to begin broader scale demonstration trials and distribution partnerships in the United States.”