Introduction of Abamectin
Description of Abamectin:
Also known as: Avermectin B1 and MK-936. Trade names include Affirm, Agri-Mek, Avid, Dynamec, Vertimec and Zephyr.
Abamectin is a mixture of avermectins containing > 80% avermectin B1a and < 20% avermectin B1b . These two components, B1a and B1b have very similar biological and toxicological properties . The avermectins are insecticidal or anthelmintic compounds derived from the soil bacterium Streptomyces avermitilis . Abamectin is a natural fermentation product of this bacterium. Abamectin is used to control insect and mite pests of a range of agronomic, fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops, and it is used by homeowners for control of fire ants . Doses of 50 to 200 ug/kg of ivermectin, a similar member of the avermectin family of comounds, is widely used to treat humans in the World Health Organization onchocerciasis (river blindness) program.