The bactericide Kasumin (kasugamycin) has been registered in the apple growing states of Washington, Michigan, New York, and Oregon for control of fire blight in apples and pears.

It is registered for use on numerous crops in more than 20 countries around the world. Kasumin, a group 24 bactericide, is most effective when applied preventively and rotated with other products, according to the registrant Arysta LifeScience. Field testing has shown it can be tank-mixed with other fungicides.

Arysta LifeScience was recently acquired by Platform Specialty Products Corporation for about $3.5 billion.

This is Platform’s third agrochemicals acquisition in recent months. It acquired the Agriphar Group last October and Chemtura AgroSolutions last November. Its new combined agrochemical business, which will operate under the ArystaLifeScience trade name in more than 125 countries is expected to have more than $2 billion in annual sales.

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