ANDERMATT BIOCONTROL AG announced the U.S registration of its biopesticide Helicovex®, a Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus (HearNPV). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted registration of Helicovex® to control Helicoverpa ssp., which includes: Corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), Tobacco budworm (Helicoverpa punctigera) and African cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera). The EPA granted applications of Helicovex on a broad range of different crops, including sweet corn, soybeans, cotton, different kinds of berries and vegetables and ornamentals. The approval includes agricultural usem such as greenhouse and open field.
“Helicovex® provides control of Helicoverpa ssp., leaves zero residues and is absolutely harmless to non-target organisms,” said Alex Meier, Head of Marketing International Business at Andermatt Biocontrol. “Helicovex has already obtained approval in Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia and Ukraine. There are additional applications pending approval globally,” said Meier.
Biocontrol methods and biological pesticides are becoming very popular with US growers and provide benefits up and down the food value chain.
“Helicovex® will provide growers with a completely residue free method to control economically important lepidopteron pests in the United States” according to 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.”