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“Groundbreaking” bee vectoring technology gets US EPA green light

“Groundbreaking” bee vectoring technology gets US EPA g

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[09 September/Food Ingredients First]

[09 September/Food Ingredients First] Toronto-based start-up Bee Vectoring Technologies International (BVT), which uses bees to deliver fungicide, has been given regulatory approval for its Clonostachys rosea CR-7 (BVT-CR7) for use on commercial crops, and will be first used on this year’s blueberry and strawberry seasons in the US. It has been reported that this has created a groundbreaking shift in how plant care products can be applied. BVT-CR7 is a specific strain of fungi that is effective in controlling key diseases that cause massive losses in crops. Bee vectoring consists of using commercially reared bees to provide highly targeted pest and disease management solutions. The company is now seeking regulatory approval for its products from other countries.

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