Certis USA News Release

Certis USA Licenses New Virus Technology for Control of Fall Armyworm


COLUMBIA, MD—December 11, 2017—Certis USA has entered into an agreement with Corpoica, the Colombian Corporation for Agriculture Research, to license Corpoica’s Spodoptera frugiperda nucleopolyhedrovirus (SfMNPV) strain NPV003 and formulation technology to develop, manufacture and market biopesticide products for agricultural uses in selected countries around the world, including the Americas and Africa.

The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a serious pest of many important crop plants, including maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane, vegetables, forage grasses and cotton. A native of the tropical and subtropical Americas, this moth’s migratory habits and the voracious appetite of its larvae have made it a pest of economic concern from southern Canada through much of South America. The recent arrival and spread of the fall armyworm in Africa poses a serious risk to the region’s food security. The insect has destroyed the crops of small farmers who lack access to insecticides and other tools for effective management. Building on its experience in the development and marketing of insecticidal viruses and other microbial crop protection agents, Certis USA recognizes the value of Corpoica’s NPV strain and formulation technology in providing biological solutions to such global crop protection challenges.

About Certis USA

Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Certis USA is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of biopesticide products for specialty agricultural and horticultural markets and the home and garden market. Certis USA products provide valuable solutions by meeting the challenges faced by today’s growers who are seeking sustainable alternatives, resistant pest management and harvest solutions, and low pesticide residues for market flexibility and export accessibility.

About Corpoica

The Colombia Corporation for Agricultural Research – Corpoica – (from its name in Spanish, http://www.corpoica.org.co) is a public non-profit R&D organization sponsored by the Government of Colombia and other funding partners. It generates and transfers new knowledge for the agricultural and livestock sectors and is one of the more relevant research institutions working on tropical agriculture. Corpoica’s 13 research stations deliver modern technologies for vegetables, fruits, long-term and short-cycle crops, roots and tubers, cacao and livestock.

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