Dec. 16, 2019
Lateral is the first product to be released globally that is utilising this novel bacterial mechanism at a time when the market desperately needs biological replacements to synthetic agchem.
Ecolibrium Biologicals Ltd is a multi-award winning agri-biotech company based in Auckland, New Zealand, with a global perspective on the provision of sustainable pest control solutions in agriculture and horticulture.
In 2010, 2 bacteria were identified as a part of a project partially funded by the New Zealand government and were shown to have sufficient activity to potentially be used in a novel group of Bioprotectants. The strains identified as Brevibacillus laterosporus strain 1951 and 1821 have demonstrated control of Nematodes, Caterpillars, House Flies and Mosquitos.
Lateral (Brevibacillus laterosporus 1951) has a dual mode of action derived from an S- layer protein mechanism and has so far controlled lepidopteran pests such as Diamond Back Moth caterpillar, Fall armyworm, Corn earworm, Soybean looper and European corn borer over 7 trials in 6 countries.
Lateral is believed to be a more advanced product offering than the current Bt technology, which relies on the co-ingestion of the toxin crystals and spores and is struggling with the evolution of resistance.
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