Spinetoram Wins Green Award

Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., received a 2009 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award for the insecticide Spinetoram.


The award was launched by Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality  in response to Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s Executive Directive: “Promotion of Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development and Protection of Public Health.” This directive established state policy encouraging the research, development and implementation of sustainable chemistry in Michigan.

According to the company, nominations for the award must illustrate how the innovation supports Michigan’s growth, economy, environment and health – and fit within one or more of the following focus areas: greener synthetic pathways; greener reaction conditions; design or implementation of greener chemicals and materials; and design, implementation or advocacy of greener grocesses. Categories for nominations include business, academic, public, and student.

Dow AgroSciences’ Spinetoram, in the business category, is an insecticide derived through the fermentation of a natural soil organism followed by chemical modification. The product controls a broad spectrum of insect pests in a wide variety of crops and is applied at lower rates than many conventional insecticides, according to the company.