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Bioceres mycoinsecticide approved for greenhouse-grown crops

The biological mycoinsecticide has been approved for a number of new greenhouse crops via a minor use label expansion.


June 22, 2020
By Jim Chaput, OMAFRA
Source: Biosafe via YouTube

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of a minor use label expansion registration for Bioceres WP Biological Mycoinsecticide for reduction in numbers of whiteflies, aphids and thrips on the following greenhouse-grown crops: eggplant, lettuce, mint, onion and Brassica transplants, Asian water spinach and strawberries in Canada.

Bioceres WP Biological Mycoinsecticide was already labeled for use on a variety of crops in Canada for management of these pests. Its active ingredient is Beauveria bassiana strain ANT-03.

These minor use projects were submitted by Ontario and Quebec as a result of minor use priorities established by growers and extension personnel.

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The following is provided as an abbreviated, general outline only. Users should be making pest management decisions within a robust integrated pest management program and should consult the complete label before using Bioceres WP Biological Mycoinsecticide.

Crop(s) Target Rate Application Information
GH lettuce, GH eggplant, GH mint, GH onion transplants, GH Brassica transplants, GH Asian water spinach, GH Strawberries Reduction in numbers of whiteflies, aphids and thrips Apply at a concentration of 2-4 g BIOCERES G WP/L water depending on insect population density. Use spray volume sufficient to cover foliage infested with insect pests. Crop size and spray equipment will determine spray volume needed. Depending on crop treated 500 to 1000 L of spray volume will typically be required for 1 ha.  Reapply at 7 day intervals or at 3 – 5 day intervals if pest pressure is high.  Pre-harvest interval is 0 days.

Do not apply or allow drift of Bioceres WP Biological Mycoinsecticide to other crops or non-target areas. Bioceres WP Biological Mycoinsecticide is toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or drift and may be toxic to some beneficial insects.  Do not contaminate off-target areas or aquatic habitats when spraying or when cleaning and rinsing spray equipment or containers.

Follow all other precautions, restrictions and directions for use on the Bioceres WP Biological Mycoinsecticide label carefully.

For a copy of the new minor use label contact your local crop specialist, regional supply outlet or visit the PMRA label site https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/consumer-product-safety/pesticides-pest-management/registrants-applicants/tools/pesticide-label-search.html

Note:  This article is not intended to be an endorsement or recommendation for this particular product, but rather a notice of registration activity


Jim Chaput is the OMAFRA Minor Use Coordinator.