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Biopesticide firm Eden Research wins approval in multiple US states

27 March 2023
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Eden Research, the Oxford-based sustainable biopesticide company which is developing plastic-free technology for use in global crop protection, animal health and consumer products, has received regulatory approval in 17 US states for its formulated product Mevalone, and eight US states for its formulated product Cedroz.

Biofungicide Mevalone has been approved for use on botrytis on table and wine grapes in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

Eden has also received approval for its second commercial product, Cedroz, which can now be applied to fruits and vegetables to defend against destructive parasitic nematodes that affect crops grown both indoors and outdoors.

Cedroz approvals have been granted for a wide range of crops, including eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, zucchini, carrots, strawberries, and grapes; in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Eden's application for regulatory approval in California is still in progress, but the company told investors last week that it expects approval to be received in the coming months.

Regulators around the world have banned a rapidly growing number of commonly used conventional chemical pesticide products in recent years and, as a result, farmers need effective alternatives to maintain yields and keep up with the growing demand for safe, sustainable food production.

Biopesticides such as Cedroz and Mevalone are rapidly becoming the standard for farmers looking adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Eden's products are based on naturally occurring compounds that make up part of a plant's own defence system and are effective, sustainable, and safe without contributing to pesticide residues in food or persistence in the environment. They are also free of intentionally added microplastics.

Eden Research CEO Sean Smith said: "Since achieving Environmental Protection Agency approval in September 2022, Eden has continued to accelerate change in sustainable agriculture.

"These state authorisations mark further milestones on this journey and directly expand our addressable market in the US.

"Further efforts are underway to continually grow our footprint across the US with a primary focus on obtaining regulatory clearance in California and several additional states."

Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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