SpK is a unique and novel bacterium (Yersinia entomophaga MH96 as deposited at DSMZ on 4 May 2006) isolated from New Zealand soils. It has been shown to have significant insecticidal activity against a range of pests in lab trials. The technology also includes substances obtained or derived from Yersinia entomophaga MH96, which retain biopesticide activity. These substances can be used for protecting a plant from pest infestation through applying them to the plant.


AgResearch is looking for a development partner or licensee interested in taking the microbial technology to market in New Zealand and Australia and or a partner interested in licensing the insecticidal gene material.

Unique Selling Propositions
  • Novel bacterium having pesticidal activity can be used as a bio control agent reducing the use of synthetic materials. The substances derived from the organism can be sued as a pest control agent or the genes associated with the insecticidal activity can be expressed in plants to provide an insect resistant plant.
  • The whole organism can be used as a biocontol agent, the substance derived from the organisms can be used as a pesticide or the genes can be used in GM insect resistant plants.
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