Unique Bionematicide, MeloCon® WG, to Be Made Available to Vegetable Growers
Certis USA to Distribute to Nematicide-Challenged Market
The biopesticide company Certis USA has been granted the marketing and distribution rights to sell MeloCon® bionematicide in the United States by its manufacturer Prophyta GmbH, Germany. MeloCon contains spores of the naturally occurring fungus Paecilomyces lilacinus and controls several species of nematodes in vegetable, fruit and tuber crops where currently available nematicide options are being restricted or phased out. MeloCon will be available in early January 2009. California registration is pending. The Certis USA sales team has completed its MeloCon product and nematode training and is now making similar workshops available to its customers.
Prophyta is a pioneer in the development of biological control organisms that are used worldwide in both conventional and organic farming. The company discovered that the PL 251 strain of the Peacilomyces species (MeloCon) is strongly parasitic to all stages of development of common plant-infecting nematodes, in particular the eggs. It is especially effective in controlling cyst, lance, citrus, reniform and root-knot nematodes. It is estimated that the root-knot species, alone, is responsible for 5 percent of all crop losses worldwide.
Certis USA is also a manufacturer of biopesticides. Its products include neem-based biocontrols, insecticidal viruses and Bacillus thuringiensis insecticides. The Certis product SoilGard® microbial fungicide has potential as a companion product with MeloCon. The soil-applied microbial fungicide contains Gliocladium virens GL-21 and controls root rot diseases, including Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium. Certis USA also distributes third-party products that fit its expertise in biopesticides and high-value crop production.
Headquartered in Columbia, MD, Certis USA is a leading manufacturer and distributor of biopesticides and crop protection products that fill specialty niches in the agricultural and horticultural markets. Certis USA product brands include: SoilGard® microbial fungicide; Agree®, Crymax®, Deliver® and Javelin® Bt bioinsecticides; CYD-X® codling moth virus; Gemstar® corn earworm virus; Spod-X® beet armyworm virus; Neemix® botanical insect growth regulator; Trilogy® botanical fungicide/miticide, and now MeloCon® bionematicide.