Chromobacterium Species with Insecticidal Activity

Chromobacterium Species with Insecticidal Activity

A novel species of Chromobacterium that selectively kills lepidopteran insect larvae (such as, gypsy moth, diamondback moth, tobacco hornworm larvae, and cabbage looper larvae). Compositions containing Chromobacterium spagni sp. strains and the use of these compositions to kill insect larvae are covered by the U.S. and PCT patent applications. These compositions kill the indicated larvae at least as well as or better than some C. subtsugae biocontrol agents.

Benefits
• Biocontrol agent
• Some species of lepidoptera have become resistant to currently used pesticides. Thus a need exists for new biocontrol agents

Applications
• This invention covers an insecticidal bacterium that can be used to kill lepidopteran insect larvae without harming non-target insect larvae

Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
33.15 + 58.19
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