Fruit Bites May 17-19 Biorationals

Fruit Bites May 17-19 Biorationals


BL: Welcome back to another “Fruit Bites” presented by Valent USA. With us, there is again Allison Walston from Valent. And this week Allison, we’re talking about biorationals and what are they?

AW: Where biologics and biocontrol generally refer to things like predatory insects or parasitoids, Biorationals is a term used to describe products derived from directly or synthetically identical biological origins. Biorationals include plants, plant-derived compounds like pyrethrin, neem oil, and azadiractin. Microbes like Bt. Minerals like kaolin clay. Insecticidal soap and finally synthetics like plant and insect growth regulators.

BL: So biorationals are quite effective.

AW: Biorationals fit well into integrated pest management programs by rotating to preserve milder conventional chemicals from overuse. Biorationals are generally approved for organic production and carry the least toxic classification signal word “caution”.

BL: Well, thank you Allison. Join us next time for Fruit Bites, presented by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.

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