New Azide-Based Pest Management Products on the Way

Gowan Co., LLC announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with American Pacific Corp. (AMPAC) to develop and bring to market azide-based pest management products. These azide-based products could offer an alternative to traditional fumigant products such as methyl bromide. Under the terms of the relevant agreements, Gowan will be the exclusive worldwide marketing and sales provider of all products developed under this agreement.

Certain azide-based products developed by AMPAC and Auburn University have been shown to be highly effective in controlling soilborne weeds, nematodes, fungus and bacteria in field trials on turf, cut flowers and a number of food crops. One new formulation under development is a combination of a single active ingredient with a proprietary blend of inert ingredients, and is applied as a pre-plant pesticide using typical drip irrigation as well as traditional soil incorporation methods. Azide-based products are designed to be a safe, efficient, economical product that has no ozone depleting properties.

Gowan will play a key role in obtaining regulatory approval of the azide-based pest management products. Cindy Baker, director of Regulatory and Government Affairs for the Gowan Group of companies, said, “AMPAC applied for U.S. EPA registration in April 2004 for pre-plant, non-food uses. We look forward to working with EPA to bring azide-based products to market for these uses and many crop uses.”

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