INDIANAPOLIS — Representatives from Dow AgroSciences and its commercial partners, Cardinal Professional Products and Fumigation Service & Supply, presented papers during the annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions held earlier this month in San Diego. The conference is sponsored by the Methyl Bromide Alternatives Outreach (MBAO) organization, in cooperation with the Crop Protection Coalition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Under the Clean Air Act and Montreal Protocol, production of methyl bromide — a broad-use fumigant — is being phased out globally. While the phaseout in the United States was to have been completed by Jan. 1, 2005, exemptions have been allowed.
Since 1994, agricultural and forestry researchers from governmental, academic and private institutions, as well as Extension agents and users, have gathered at the MBAO conference to share information on a variety of laboratory, field, and on-farm research and technology transfer topics related to methyl bromide alternatives.
This fall, representatives from Dow AgroSciences, Cardinal Professional Products and Fumigation Service & Supply presented on the following topics:
Control of Carob Moth in Fresh Dates Fumigated with ProFume® Gas Fumigant — Dr. Bob Williams, senior research biologist with Dow AgroSciences, provided an update on the use of ProFume (sulfuryl fluoride) in commercial fumigation chambers with fresh dates. The latest research, conducted in conjunction with the California Date Commission, evaluates the efficacy of dosages of ProFume lower than previously tested for carob moth control.
California Update 2009 for ProFume® Gas Fumigant — Since it received registration in California in May 2005, ProFume has become a proven replacement for methyl bromide as a postharvest fumigant over a wide variety of commodities in the state. Ed Hosoda of Cardinal Professional Products discussed how ProFume is successfully being used for the eradication of various postharvest pests. He also addressed potential future uses for the fumigant.
How Sulfuryl Fluoride is Performing as a Methyl Bromide Alternative — John Mueller of Fumigation Service & Supply discussed his experience working with ProFume over the past 12 years. Included in his presentation, Mueller discussed background experience, market growth, objective benefits, successful adjustments, dialing into effective dosage rates and advancements in the product. The penetration capability of sulfuryl fluoride over that of methyl bromide also was addressed.
In research and commercial fumigations, ProFume has demonstrated it is an economically and technically viable alternative to methyl bromide following registration by the EPA in 2004, Dow AgroSciences reports.
Dow AgroSciences and ProFume have been recognized for their contributions to the environment. The EPA named Dow AgroSciences a partner in ozone protection and awarded the company its 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award. That same year, Dow AgroSciences was awarded the Montreal Protocol Innovators Award for stratospheric ozone protection efforts.
“Dow AgroSciences is honored to have been recognized by the United Nations and the EPA for the development of methyl bromide-alternative products,” says Dave Morris, commercial leader, U.S. Pest Management for Dow AgroSciences. “We are committed to developing tools that will help our customers meet their needs as methyl bromide continues to be phased out.”