Brazil OKs five biopesticides for organic crops
Brazil approved five new biocontrol agents for use on organic crops in May. The Ministry of Agriculture authorised the use of each on organic crops that are affected by the target pest. Metarhizium anisopliae strain IBCB 425 is a bioinsecticide for the control of spittlebugs ( Mahanarva fimbriolata) and pasture spittlebugs ( Zulia entreriana). The approved product comes in a wettable or granular powder formulation and has proven effective against spittlebugs on sugar cane and against Z entreriana on pasture.