The micro-biological insecticide Costar, produced through Bacillus thuringiensis, was launched by Ihara in Brazil during 24th Hortitec Fair, which held on June 21, 22 and 23 in the city of Holambra, state of São Paulo.
 
It is a product that acts by ingestion, which used on sprayings on initial infestations of caterpillars that attack leaves and reproductive parts of the crops.
 
According to Ihara, it is “the most potent product in the market, due to its high concentration of endotoxins.” The maker says that Costar can be used during all the crop cycles without affecting beneficial insects, without shortage and restrictions in external markets.
 
“One advantage of biological pesticides, such as Costar, which is registered for targets, is that it allows its use in all crops that have identified targets,” explained the Manager of Biological Products at Ihara, Maurício Hideki Ouchi.
 
One of the biological targets of the insecticide are: Helicoverpa amirgera, the soybean looper (Chrysodeixis includens), Pseudaletia sequax on wheat, the oriental fruit moth (Grapholita molesta), Neoleucinodeselegantalis, the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella), the honeydew moth (Cryptoblades gnidiella), the pickleworm (Diaphania nitidalis), and the citrus fruit borer (Ecdytolophaaurantiana).
 
“One of the major doubts of the farmers about the biological pesticides is about efficiency, so we are launching the two products of high effectiveness and adopting a positioning that is consistent with the delivery of these products,” explained Hideki.
 
“With our investment in research and development, we are growing in a sector of great importance to Brazilian agriculture. Innovation is in the DNA of Ihara and we want to offer complementary solutions for the products that we already have. We want to contribute to the growth and competitiveness of Brazilian agriculture,” affirmed the manager.