Venerate Bioinsecticide can help growers control crop-damaging insect pests, fight the development of insect resistance, and reduce pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables, says its maker, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
The new broad-spectrum bioinsecticide is active against a wide array of chewing and sucking insects and mites and features novel modes of action that stem from a diverse set of chemical compounds extracted from a newly discovered bacterium.
The product is now available in time for the 2014 growing season.
Venerate is labeled for several crops and is approved for use in conventional and organic systems. It is available in a liquid formulation with flexibility to apply by ground or air, no limit on the number of applications allowed per season, and a minimal four hour re-entry interval.
The product is non-toxic to fish, birds, and most beneficial insects including honeybees, and also has the advantage of a zero-day pre-harvest interval and an exemption from maximum residue level tolerances—a measure of pesticide residue limits that must be met for most food crop exports.
"Virtually all produce that is exported from the U.S., and a significant portion that is imported into the U.S., is now subject to testing for pesticide residues," explained Jim Lappin, MBI vice president of product management.
"Venerate is also exempt from maximum residue level tolerances. Combine this with the zero-day PHI and growers can protect the quality and marketability of their crops right up to the day of harvest and greatly reduce the chance their crops will be rejected because of residues," he said.
Venerate joins Regalia Biofungicide and Grandevo Bioinsecticide in the lineup of MBI crop protection products and is the first biopesticide that has been developed from the company's in-house discovery screen process.
The product will be sold as Venerate XC in all U.S. states except California where it will be sold as Venerate.
Venerate XC is currently registered in more than 35 states with additional registrations pending. Registration of Venerate in California is also pending. Growers should check with their local ag chemical retailer or Marrone Bio Innovations representative for product availability in their state.
Source: Marrone Bio Innovations