Article by Travis Cesarone, Cannabis Life Network
In a crop, certain insects can be introduced to nibble on excess mould instead of pesticides. Not only are these potentially harmful to plants, but they will also only mildly suppress instead of outright preventing fungal invasions. Mould eating insects are also less versatile and create their own problems whereas parasitic myco-solutions can be sprayed to destroy a variety of targetted pests instead, but are always uncertain when it comes to using them on cannabis.
Beauveria Bassiana is a ‘mycoinsecticide’ available from two companies, in three variations:
- Botanigard Emulsifiable Solution and Botanigard 22 Wettable Powder –made byLaverlam International Corp. (Strain GHB.)
- Bio-Ceres GP Wettable Powder – made by Anatis Biological. (Strain ANT 03.)
Details underneath patented recipes
These sprays are 20% active culture. The other 80% is undisclosed, but not all are trade secrets.
Bio-Ceres’s inert ingredients according to a patent assigned to Anatis Biological:
Kaolin Clay (carrier), cornstarch or calcium carbonate (dispersant,) citric acid (disintegration agent, ) and xanthan gum or cellulose (binder.) As well as polysorbate 80 or polyethylene glycol, if they choose to use a surfactant.
How do these sprays kill insects?
An insect’s own appetite is used against them. If a hungry critter were to bite into a strain of Beauveria Bassiana, the fungus latches onto the inside of their abdomen. Afterwards, it forcibly penetrates the exoskeleton from the inside out. Beuveria kills the insect with it’s bare, parasitic mycelium.
What about residuals and recalls?
It is not false to speculate this white mould was found during a certain recall, instead of Prestop. Redecan admitted to using “tiny mites” to kill spider mites, though. The process of combining a mycoinsecticide with the beneficials they did leave crawling on their flowers is not impossible, although it is fairly unnecessary.
Legally speaking, the word ‘pesticide’ is exempt from ‘control products‘ used to prevent mildew or odours. If cannabis were a food product, insecticides like Botaniguard would be restricted from ‘pesticide-free’ products. Fungicides like Prestop, however, would not fall under that guarantee.