Amvac’s SmartBlock receives registration
Amvac has received EPA registration for SmartBlock, a potato sprout inhibitor. Canadian and European registrations have been filed.
SmartBlock is a patented, new class of sprout inhibitor that eliminates sprouting in storage while restoring dormancy to potatoes. SmartBlock contains 3-decen-2-one, a naturally occurring molecule that is classified by the FDA as an approved direct food additive and by the EPA as a biopesticide. It is applied through existing fogging equipment. It is exempt from tolerance requirements.
SmartBlock technology was developed at Washington State University and licensed exclusively by Amvac.
The March eSpudman newsletter will feature a video of John Immaraju, Amvac director of commercial product development, discussing SmartBlock.