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MustGrow Biologics Advancing Natural Biopesticide that Leverages the Mustard Seed’s Natural Defense Mechanisms

  • MustGrow Biologics is developing and commercializing a patented natural biopesticide
  • The company’s solution uses the mustard seed’s natural defense mechanisms to protect plants
  • MustGrow’s CEO recently talked about the major opportunity in organic pesticides and fertilizers

An agricultural biotechnology company, MustGrow Biologics focuses on innovative crop protection. The company is developing and commercializing its patented natural biopesticide and is targeting the fruit and vegetable and cannabis industries. Its natural biopesticide acts as a nematicide (chemicals used to kill nematodes, or tiny, parasitic worms), a fungicide, an insecticide and a fertilizer (http://cnw.fm/RR6Rc). Its technologies deliver first-rate pest and pathogen control in combination with plant growth and yield benefits available across a wide array of crops. MustGrow Biologics is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The company’s biopesticide has a U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and Canadian PMRA (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) label and is an approved organic solution. This solution utilizes the mustard seed’s natural defense mechanisms to protect plants from pests and diseases. In a research report, the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries (http://cnw.fm/9JkZK) states, “When managed properly mustard offers another tool to help growers control soil born pests and diseases. The use of mustard as a biofumigant is particularly interesting for organic producers… Although mustard is a remarkable biofumigant, it has similar benefits that is expected from any other cover crop such as; prevention of soil erosion, recycling of soil nutrients, improved soil structure and maintaining soil organic matter.”

Recently, MustGrow Biologics President and Chief Executive Officer Corey Giasson commented on the significant opportunity in biopesticides and fertilizers. The company is advancing its pesticide and fertilizer labels using the Health Canada-defined “Purposes” as a foundation. These are in place to see (http://cnw.fm/w6KJb) that “The requirements of the Pest Control Products Act and the Cannabis Act related to the use of pest control products (PCPs) are met.” MustGrow Biologics is working with Health Canada to develop a family of approved biopesticides and fertilizers to ensure that Canadian cannabis license-holders are using science-based products to grow cannabis.

Giasson recently noted that the company is well-positioned to deliver a compliant cannabis label via tailoring of its EPA- and PMRA-approved pesticide. In a news release (http://cnw.fm/AqwG4), he talked about the mega-markets outside of cannabis, stating, “Several alarming articles involving dangerous pesticide-use have recently been brought to my attention. Many of these concerns are from the agricultural community and chemicals industry itself – they are looking to MustGrow to advance and provide a safe and natural solution.”

MustGrow Biologics’ EPA- and PRMA-approved offerings and all of the third-party solutions on its radar are natural products. The company does not work with organophosphates, which are broadly-used and extremely dangerous chemical pesticides. Regarding cannabis, MustGrow is now developing a reliable, safe and biodegradable solution that follows Health Canada regulations. The positioning of the company’s product is as an effective pre-plant soil treatment. This lessens the chance for any non-treated soil to contaminate greenhouses with soil born pests or diseases.

MustGrow Biologics continues to focus on inventive solutions that have extensive applications within agriculture. To date, the company has completed more than 110 independent third-party field trials. MustGrow is at the forefront of development of unique solutions to help fruit and vegetable growers and cannabis growers control pests and crop diseases.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.MustGrow.ca

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