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A Canadian company has secured approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for a new and less toxic form of pesticide that's spread by bees.
The compound, CR7 is derived from the fungal strain Clonostachys rosea, a naturally occurring mycoparasite that's thought to have fewer side effects than chemical pesticides.
Version - Compound - Company - Bee - Vectoring
A proprietary version of the compound was developed by the Canadian company Bee Vectoring Technologies.
CR7 attacks other fungal strains, including those known to cause potato blight, black rot on citrus, and a number of other types of fungi that afflict strawberries, blueberries and almonds.
Modern - Farmer - System - BVT - Trays
According to Modern Farmer, the system devised by BVT involves placing small trays of CR7 inside bumblebee hives.
The bees eventually walk over the trays while in the hive, and the CR7 attaches to their bodies.
Plants - Traces - Compound
When they go out to pollinate other plants, they leave traces of the fungal compound everywhere they go.
The process is incredibly efficient, requiring just 1.3...
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