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Amvac biopesticide granted EPA registration

9:37 AM MST | February 11, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

American Vanguard (Amvac; Newport Beach, CA) says it has received EPA registration for its naturally occurring SmartBlock potato sprout inhibitor and will begin marketing immediately. The company says SmartBlock—already FDA-approved as a food additive—is classified as a biopesticide by the EPA. The molecule offers "safe, comprehensive long-term storage control" and can be applied using existing equipment, Amvac adds. The technology was discovered by researchers at Washington State University and has been developed and tested by Amvac for...

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