Biotalys announces that the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) granted an entirely new class for the active ingredient of its first biofungicide, Evoca™. This new classification demonstrates to growers that Evoca will be a new tool that complements existing biological and conventional crop protection solutions to fight the fungal diseases Botrytis and powdery mildew.
Evoca is an innovative protein-based biofungicide developed on Biotalys’ AGROBODY Foundry platform that helps control fungal diseases such as Botrytis and powdery mildew in fruits and vegetables. Evoca will provide growers with a new rotation partner in integrated pest management (IPM) programs, reducing the dependency on chemical pesticides. Demonstrating its strong performance via more than 500 independent and company-driven field and greenhouse trials across multiple regions, pathogens, and crops, Evoca is expected to obtain regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later this year.
Defined as a polypeptide in the recently published 2022 FRAC Code List (under F10), the bioactive in Evoca earned a new classification after providing in-depth scientific evidence supporting its features as a novel mode of action targeting membrane integrity of the fungal pathogen, differentiating the bioactive from existing chemicals, microbial, and plant extracts while offering a distinctive new tool to manage pathogen resistance development.
“Resistance to existing crop protection solutions continues to significantly impact growers’ ability to efficiently protect crops and food, and finding new modes of action is becoming more important than ever – especially for complex, and often yield devastating, pathogens like Botrytis and powdery mildew,” said Luc Maertens, COO of Biotalys. “Resistance has already developed for most available chemical fungicides targeting these diseases, and while most new products fall under existing categories, Evoca is in a new class of its own, providing growers with a new tool in their toolbox to protect their crops.”