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Ecolibrium Biologicals to launch Lateral bio-insecticide in New Zealand in 2020qrcode

Dec. 16, 2019

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Dec. 16, 2019
After many years of challenging development, Ecolibrium Biologicals with its partner the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University are releasing the product trade named Lateral, containing the novel entomopathogenic bacteria Brevibacillus laterosporus strain 1951 which will be released in New Zealand via Ecolibrium’s exclusive partner Farmlands Cooperative during the 2020 season pending EPA and ACVM consent.

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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