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AgriPhage Products Approved for Use on Tomatoes and Peppers

The Tomato Magazine
April 2006

OmniLytics’AgriPhage bacteria-control product line has received final EPA registration.

Based in Salt Lake City, OmniLytics is a biotech company focused on developing safe and natural solutions for infectious disease and pest control.

“We are excited to be the first company to ever receive a commercial registration from a regulatory agency in the United States for a phage-based product,” stated Justin Reber, OmniLytics’ president and CEO. “For the first time, commercial vegetable growers have a safe and effective bacteria-control alternative to antibiotics and harsh chemicals. This is a great advantage for growers, and it significantly strengthens our position in the phage-based solutions market.”

AgriPhage products can be used in the greenhouse and the field and can be applied as a preventive or as a curative, Reber pointed out. AgriPhage is formulated based on grower’s plant samples and can be modified to address any changes or mutations in the bacteria. This overcomes any potential for bacterial resistance.

AgriPhage provides superior bacterial control yet is safe, natural and biodegradable, according to Dr. Jeff Jones, industry expert and plant pathologist at the University of Florida.

“We conclusively demonstrated in greenhouse and field tests that applications of AgriPhage outperformed the standard bactericides in controlling bacterial spot of tomato and furthermore resulted in significantly greater fruit yields than the untreated control and the copper-treated plants,” Jones said.

For more information, visit the company Web site at www.omnilytics.com or call toll-free in the U.S., (866) 285 2644.

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