KitoZyme, the world’s first and largest producer of high-quality fungal chitosan, has received EPA certification for its KitoGreen products as biopesticides for a variety of applications and crops.
KitoGreen is a proprietary technology developed by KitoZyme to provide farmers with more environmentally friendly antibacterial, antifungal, and nematicide alternatives. KitoGreen is a proprietary product that is based on the valorization of food industry byproducts, as well as being 100 percent non-animal, non-GMO, vegan, and environmentally friendly.
“This is a significant milestone for our company,” says François Luthers, Chief Operations Officer, “since it clearly represents the beginnings of a new business area for our technology, in addition to our major pillars in winemaking and health.” “We are happy to provide the industry and all users in the United States and across the world with greener, safer, and more efficient products.”
What are Biopesticides?
Biopesticides include naturally occurring substances that control pests (biochemical pesticides), microorganisms that control pests (microbial pesticides), and pesticidal substances produced by plants containing added genetic material (plant-incorporated protectants) or PIPs.
KitoGreen® is patented and it is based on the valorization of co-products of the food industry, as well as being 100% non-animal, non-GMO, vegan, and non-toxic for the environment.
- Class : Biopesticide
- KitoGreenTM is a natural, NON-ANIMAL ORIGIN polysaccharide from a fungus (Aspergillus niger).
KitoZyme has already proven the efficacy of its compound for the prevention and the treatment of fungal diseases on a wide variety of crops, including vegetables, grapes, berries, and sports turfs, and the company is continuously strengthening its scientific knowledge, as Guillaume Deleixhe, Business Development Manager, explains: “KitoZyme will further advance the science of KitoGreen, either on a stand-alone basis or in partnerships with our customers. Besides foliar applications, we already have good data for seed treatment and we are aware that it could also be a very good fit post-harvest. The great news is that those applications are already included in the EPA approval.”
The Belgium-based company is now working on some state-level approvals and it is investigating the best commercial options to make its products available for users in the U.S. as soon as possible.
KitoZyme is the global leader in manufacturing Chitosan & Chitin-glucan from fungal origin. Thanks to its non-animal origin, our functional biopolymers open up a range of opportunities for many different industries that request to reduce or find greener alternatives of chemicals, plastic or animal-derived ingredients.