A new biological fungicide will be launched this month in Brazil, called the Ecoshot, which has been produced from the Bacillus amyloliquefaciens (strain D747). 
 
The presentation is programmed for the upcoming Hortitec, a fair that takes place in the city of Holambra (state of São Paulo) from June 21 to 23 and is considered as one of the main showcases for the market of fruits and vegetables in Latin America.
 
Ecoshot, produced by Ihara, is recommended preferably for preventive applications. The product is indicated for the control of the citrus variegation virus (Phyllosticta citricarpa), the botrytis bunch rot (Botrytis cinerea), the powdery mildew (Podosphaera fuliginea), and the stem rot (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) in all crops.
 
According to the maker, the differential of the product is that it can be applied until the day of the harvest, continuing to protect the harvested food. “This is what makes Ecoshot the ideal product for the farmer that values quality within the domestic market, as well as the external markets, because it does not generate any restriction to exportation,” highlighted the Biological Products Manager of Ihara, Maurício Hideki Ouchi.
 
He also pointed out that the biological market has a growth rate of about 15 percent per year, while there are no precise statistics and the sector is still marked by informality. “We believe that biological fungicides are complementary with chemical pesticides in our portfolio; the business of our commercial partners and the integrated plague and disease management, because it is strategic to be well positioned in this sector.”