World’s First Magnesium Hydroxide Insecticide Approved for Field and Protected Crops in Australia

World Agrochemical Network Chinese: Materials Technology Group Calix’s BOOSTER-MAG 609 SC was recently approved as a non-lethal insecticide for the suppression of dinoflagellate mites (Tetranychus urticae) in tomatoes and cucurbits (field and protected crops).

The product has undergone extensive field trials and is the first magnesium hydroxide insecticide to be registered in the world. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), which has been considering Calix’s application since January 2020, has granted the company the freedom to market BOOSTER-MAG 609 SC as a non-lethal insecticide.

This initial registration also provides a basis for expanding the potential market as the product also has significant inhibitory efficacy against other crop insect pests and numerous crop diseases. BOOSTER-MAG is a suspension (SC) containing bioactive magnesium hydroxide for foliar treatments to suppress a variety of crop pests and diseases, reducing farmers’ reliance on traditional pesticides without affecting crop yield or quality.

According to Calix, “BOOSTER-MAG’s value proposition can be summarized as a means to reduce farmers’ input costs as well as produce food more safely and sustainably.” With the goal of creating unique materials with high porosity and reactivity, Calix has spent six years of scientific research discovering that high porosity magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide products are biologically active. This is Calix’s core technology. The company received financial support for the development and testing of this product through the AusIndustry Accelerated Commercialization program.

In addition, the federal government’s Manufacturing Modernization Fund provided $1 million in support to develop the company’s biotechnology manufacturing capabilities at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, to establish advanced manufacturing capabilities for crop protection, marine coatings, and health and pharmaceutical applications. The Greek research institute CERTH is also providing insight into the mode of action of BOOSTER-Mag on tomatoes by measuring the microbial response of the sprayed plants. Calix is currently developing commercial relationships with global specialty plant protection companies that have the expertise and capabilities to take full advantage of the bioactivity of Calix materials.

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Post time: Jun-29-2022