AgraQuest expands in Brazil

Davis-based AgraQuest Inc. has announced that its Sonata fungicide has been approved for use on apples, onions and strawberries in Brazil.

Sonata will be launched for the 2011 crop season in Brazil and sold through its distribution partner Iharabras. AgraQuest and Iharabras will collaborate to add more crops to the label over the next several seasons, a news release said.

Sonata is a treatment for control of common fungal diseases such as alternaria and botrytis. The active ingredient in SONATA, the patented strain Bacillus pumilus QST 2808, has been used in other global agriculture markets since 2004.

In addition to being labeled for apples, onions and strawberries, Sonata fungicide also has been approved for agricultural research on soybeans. This will allow approved soybean research institutions the ability to readily conduct trials with Sonata.

With entry into this market area, AgraQuest also has increased its sales team. The company has hired Manuel Dieguez as business manager for southern Latin America. Dieguez will work together with the rest of AgraQuest’s Latin American team, which includes dedicated technical and regulatory personnel, to increase the demand for and use of its proprietary biopesticides across the region.

Dieguez, who will be based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has more than 23 years of experience working in the crop protection industry in technical, marketing and sales management roles.

AgraQuest produces effective biopesticides that reduce the chemical load on the environment. For more information visit www.agraquest.com.

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