Ecolibrium Biologicals announces completion of successful trials for translocating bioherbicide and IITA in Africa confirms Lateral in fall armyworm control
Dec. 19, 2019
Glyphosate’s global market size is USD4.4 billion and has the largest market share with Glufosinate a distant second at USD 660million of sales. However, glyphosate is under global regulatory review after a determination by the WHO which stated “that the most commonly used herbicide glyphosate was probably a human carcinogen”. There is now pressure from regulators to begin withdrawal of this herbicide due to the increasing body of evidence, which is indicating Glyphosate is allegedly genotoxic. The reality is, however, that there is not a replacement for Glyphosate and expecting farmers to produce food for a steadily growing population while withdrawing tools from their ever diminishing toolbox of agchem is unwise. Ecolibrium has been researching a technology which delivers a translocated biologically derived compound to the root system which renders the root system non-viable. The aerial parts of the plant quickly die off with minimal recovery of the plant likely.
Bernard Kimble, Ecolibrium’s Chief Science Officer grins while commenting “the technology is not without its irony as we have taken two of the world’s most economically damaging phytopathogenic organisms and extracted their primary macerating agents for use as herbicidal active ingredients and delivered them to the root system via an ingenious mimicking translocator after topical application to the leaves. The macerating agent destroys the roots resulting in a completely necrotic root system which cascades to chlorosis and death of the foliage via allelopathy”, “the technology is working very well and while we have a way to go on scaling the production system and COGs analysis the results have been very encouraging allowing us to move to field trials this coming summer season.”
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