Label expanded for fruit, veg insecticide

Off-patent herbicide maker MANA Canada has picked up registration for use of its insecticide Alias on a longer list of fruit and vegetable crops.

“Alias was already registered to control your worst potato, blueberry and tree fruit insect pests. Now, with this label expansion, Alias will protect an even larger array of fruit and vegetable crops,” said Dale Kushner, Canadian
commercial business manager for the Calgary firm.

Alias, the company said, is now registered for crop Subgroup 13-A, which includes red, black and wild raspberry, blackberry, loganberry, sweet potato and ginseng, and for crop Group 9, which covers citron melon, muskmelon, watermelon, summer and winter squash, cucumber and chayote.

Alias, with neonicotinoid chemistry, controls insect pests through a combination of contact and ingestion modes of action, the company said. Its imidacloprid chemistry is the same mode of action as in Bayer CropScience’s Admire, a popular product among potato producers.

MANA bills Alias as controlling major pests such as Colorado potato beetles, aphids, leafhoppers, smartweeds and potato flea beetles.

“We could have sat back and let Alias remain a ‘potato insecticide,’ but that would have been short-changing the grower that we know could benefit from this tremendously effective, highly adaptable insecticide,” Kushner said.

MANA, short for Makhteshim Agan of North America, is the North American wing of Israeli ag chemical firm Makhteshim Agan Industries (MAI).

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