AgBiTech opens lab in Brazil


AgBiTech, in partnership with Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG - Federal University of Goiás), has opened a state-of-the-art laboratory in the city of Goiânia, Brazil, dedicated to researching biological pest management.

The investment by AgBiTech, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of baculoviruses for controlling caterpillars in agriculture, aims to be a centre of innovation in this area.

The use of baculoviruses as biological pesticides is strategic for Brazil. This new laboratory will play a major role in controlling the Spodoptera complex, as well as Helicoverpa armigera and Chrysodeixis includens, which are becoming more resistant to chemical products.

According to Adriano Vilas Boas, director general of AgBiTech in Latin America, the laboratory will be located in the university’s Technology Park, and researchers from the company and the institution aim to launch several projects together, to benefit agriculture in the Midwest and Brazil.

An Australian company founded in 2000, AgBiTech moved its headquarters to the U.S. in 2015 and built the largest baculovirus production facility in the world in Dallas, Texas.




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