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New Portuguese Lupine Biofungicide Receives Exclusive Emergency Approval to Control Rice Blast



New Portuguese Lupine Biofungicide Receives Exclusive Emergency Approval to Control Rice Blast

Problad, a new 100% Portuguese biofungicide, has received an exceptional emergency approval for the control of rice blast. It is a protein-based biofungicide derived from an aqueous extract of sprouted sweet lupine (Lupinus albus) seeds, developed and patented by CEV and marketed in Portugal by Lusosem.

This new natural and 100% Portuguese solution helps rice growers fight rice blast without impacting the environment or leaving residue in the crop, Lusosem said in a press release.

Blast is a disease that causes production losses of up to 40% in Portuguese rice fields during years of higher fungal exposure. The ban on the use of tricyclazole and the high risk of resistance to other permitted active substances have worsened disease control in recent years, leading to a growing need for effective blast control agents.

In this context DGAV – General Directorate of Food and Veterinary Medicine granted Problad an exceptional emergency authorization for 120 days, given that “the product may be useful in the control of blast and that the use of Problad contributes to a resistance management strategy.”

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The DGAV confirms that Probled contains an active substance that poses a low risk to human and animal health and the environment, and also poses a low risk of developing resistance due to its novel and unique mode of action at many sites. Probled acts on the cell wall and membrane of fungi, and inside the cell blocks metabolism, inactivating many enzymes.

Probled is approved for use in rice crops at a dose of 3.2 l/ha, with a spray volume of 400 l/ha, with a maximum of two treatments and an interval between treatments of 14 days. Recommended for preventive treatments, from the beginning of rubber to the beginning of grain ripening (VVCh 41-81).

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Lusosem adds that the product is effective against a variety of fungi and some bacteria that attack various crops. This new biofungicide is expected to be approved in Portugal for other crops and uses in early 2023.

Problad “is an innovative high-performance solution that meets the current challenges of food safety, the circular economy and sustainability.” More than a decade ago, research began on this new lupine-derived biofungicide in the laboratories of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia and is currently being produced in Cantanhede by the Portuguese company CEV. and from there it is exported to several countries.

Lusosem “believes in the crucial role of innovation as a means of optimizing and creating value in the national agricultural market. As a national company (SME), we are particularly pleased to be involved with CEV in the development and distribution of this 100% national biofungicide.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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