Pasteuria Bioscience and Harrell’s LLC have completed an agreement where Harrell’s will act as exclusive distributor for Econem Biological Nematicide. Econem is the first EPA registered product based on Pasteuria spp. and provides sting nematode control in turf grass. Econem is available from Harrell’s and will be marketed to the golf course, sports turf and landscape management industries in Florida and select Southeastern states.
“Harrell’s is excited to enter into this agreement with Pasteuria Bioscience,” said Jack Harrell, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Harrell’s. “Econem provides an effective, safe and sustainable product for sting nematode control. It’s a product that meets our customers’ needs and fits well with our current business.”
Sting nematodes represent a major threat for golf courses throughout Florida and the Southeast. In August, Econem received EPA registration for control of sting nematodes in turf. Since that time, targeted state registrations have been applied for and received in targeted Southeastern states.
Initial field trials conducted with Econem have shown it to significantly reduce root damage caused by sting nematodes thus improving turf density and stimulating new root development.
“Having Harrell’s as a partner in selling Econem is ideal based on their solid reputation and coverage area,” said Dave Duncan, chief executive officer for Pasteuria Bioscience. “Econem offers breakthrough new technology for control of sting nematodes and Harrell’s can provide the sales and marketing support needed to successfully market Econem.”