Eden Research, the AIM-quoted company focused on sustainable biopesticides and plastic-free formulation technology for use in global crop protection, animal health, and consumer products industries, announces that its commercial collaborator, Eastman Chemical Company has received authorization for the sale of Cedroz in Italy.
The approval in Italy covers tomato, eggplant, pepper, chili, pepino, cucumber, melon, courgette, pumpkin, and strawberries. The announcement follows the emergency authorization of Cedroz in Italy in May 2020, to coincide with the growing season.
This is Eden’s second product to be fully authorized in Italy with Eden’s bio-fungicide Mevalone sold under the trade name 3LOGY by Sipcam since 2016. Both Cedroz and Mevalone are based on naturally-derived terpene active ingredients and encapsulated by Eden’s patented Sustaine technology.
Cedroz is a bio-nematicide that utilizes Eden’s terpene technology and controls root-knot nematodes, a pest that causes severe damage to crops, both in the open field and greenhouse situations, costing the global agriculture industry $80-100 billion each year.
Sean Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Eden, commented: "Today’s authorization represents an expansion of Eden’s footprint in Italy, one of Europe’s most significant agricultural markets. Last year’s emergency authorization of Cedroz in Italy highlighted the strong need for a sustainable alternative for growers in the Italian market and we are delighted that we have now gone one step further to full authorization. Cedroz has now been authorized in 9 countries and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners, including Eastman to further expand its footprint in this expanding gap in the market.”
Guy Van Den Bossche, General Manager Crop Protection at Eastman, commented: “The registration of Cedroz in Italy will strengthen our Soil Care offer in one of the leading fruit and vegetable producing countries in the EU. It fits very well with the Integrated Pest Management approach that an increasing number of growers are adopting in response to consumer expectations for residue-free crops.”
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