Certis USA to launch virus insect control strategy
Madex HP is highly specific to codling moth and oriental fruit moth, so it is noninfectious to beneficial insects, fish, wildlife, livestock or humans and can be successfully used with mating disruption programs. It has a 4-hour reentry period and zero-day pre-harvest interval. Certis USA plans to seek approval for use of Madex HP in organic production.
Madex HP was developed by the Swiss company Andermatt Biocontrol AG, a provider of biopesticides based on insect-specific viruses. Other Andermatt Biocontrol products based on CpGV have been sprayed on more than 250,000 acres of European fruit trees annually. Andermatt Biocontrol named Certis USA as its development and marketing partner for Madex HP in North America last year. Andermatt Biocontrol Managing Director Daniel Zingg said, “We are very excited that the USA will be one of the first countries in the world receiving registration approval for Madex HP.”