Leading gases and engineering company BOC has enabled the logging and timber industries to engage in more sustainable export practices with the launch of an Australian‐first non‐ozone depleting fumigant.
BOC is pleased to announce that it has achieved official registration with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) for its non‐ozone depleting EDN fumigant, which will be marketed as STERIGAS® 1000.
STERIGAS® 1000 was developed by the CSIRO following more than 15 years of research.
Successful registration now paves the way for STERIGAS®‐1000’s commercial use to control pests and disease in the agriculture and forestry industries in Australia and New Zealand.
BOC’s Business Manager, Gas Applications, Chris Dolman, said the new fumigant would help provide certainty for the agriculture and timber sectors, with ozone depleting methyl bromide being phased out due to environmental concerns and international obligations under the Montreal Protocol.
He said the Tasmanian and New Zealand markets were particularly keen on embracing the non‐ozone depleting ethanedinitrile‐based STERIGAS®‐1000 as an alternative to methyl bromide.
“We are thrilled to be now making this non‐ozone depleting, patented CSIRO technology available for the benefit of export and import industries,” Mr Dolman said.
“As the first broad spectrum methyl bromide replacement fumigant released in the world for many years, this represents an exciting prospect for protecting major agricultural and forest industries from many of the pests and diseases that can be carried by imports or that can threaten access for our products to export markets.
“BOC is commited to working with growers, producers and scientific organisations to increase productivity through delivery of new industry solutions underpinned by innovative research.”
“STERIGAS®‐1000 also reflects our commitment to meeting stringent global environmental standards, such as the Montreal Protocol aimed at phasing out various substances with ozone depleting potential,” he said.
The successful registration of STERIGAS®‐1000 delivers an effective pesticide, sterilant and divitaliser to the Australian market with further registrations pending in New Zealand and progressing in a number of other countries. It is available as a fumigant for timber and logs. BOC is working with Biosecurity Australia to have STERIGAS®‐1000 approved for quarantine pre‐shipment as well as further registrations as a soil fumigant for the Australian fruit and vegetable industries.
Under BOC’s stringent safety standards it will only supply STERIGAS®‐1000 to licensed fumigators under its product steward programme.