Vestaron Bioinsecticide Receives EPA Approval for Greenhouse Applications
Vestaron Corp. has announced the full launch and availability of its SPEAR-T bioinsecticide, following final EPA approval this month of its manufacturing process for a liquid formulation.
SPEAR-T has a zero-day pre-harvest interval and is designed to be non-toxic to mammals, birds, fish, honeybees and other beneficial insects. It can also be used with regular fogging/spraying equipment.
Initial target pests are thrips, whiteflies and spider mites. SPEAR-T is also effective controlling spider mites as well as insect pests. The company also has a development program underway for aphids and spotted wing drosophila.
“The last key step to full commercialization was the EPA approval of our manufacturing process,” said Anna Rath, Vestaron’s chief executive officer. “We are excited to advance SPEAR-T to full commercial status.”
Isagro USA has been granted distribution rights in the United States for greenhouse vegetable applications. Additional distribution rights for the greenhouse market will be announced soon.
Rath added that another product from this peptide family of products is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2019, designed for producers of fruits, vegetables and other high-value field crops to control Lepidopteran pests.