Brazil’s EMBRAPA Announces New “Harmless” Bioinsecticide Against Crop Pests

Unlike chemical pesticides,bacteria-based Acera is harmless to the environment, according to the state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Company EMBRAPA.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (EMBRAPA) has announced a new bioinsecticide which, according to the company, fights pests that target soybean, corn and cotton crops without endangering the health of workers who handle the product. The bioinsecticide poses no risks to the environment, nor to other insects, ensures EMBRAPA.

Commercially named Acera, the new pesticide is recommended for the control of pests such as the Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), and the Soybean Looper Moth (Chrysodeixis includens). It consists of two strains of bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which produce proteins with specific toxic properties . . .

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