Methyl Bromide Replacement Gets The Nod In California

Arysta LifeScience today announced the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) will register Midas (methyl iodide), a methyl bromide alternative, for commercial use once regulations take effect to designate the fumigant as a restricted material. CDPR’s decision follows an extensive scientific review. The fumigant is expected to be available in California in the first quarter of 2011.


Midas is a broad spectrum soil fumigant that controls soilborne diseases, nematodes, and weed seeds that threaten crops such as strawberries, tomatoes, peppers tree fruit, nuts, vines, ornamentals, and turf.

“The California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s decision to register Midas is an affirmation of the scientific data and analysis of career scientists at EPA, 47 other U.S. states, and other countries,” said Jeff Tweedy, head of Business Development and Regulatory for Arysta LifeScience.

Internationally, iodomethane is registered in the U.S., Japan, Turkey, New Zealand, Morocco, and Mexico with additional registrations pending in Australia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, Egypt, Israel, South Africa and other countries.

Source: Arysta LifeScience press release