Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, has announced plans to launch a new fumigant in cooperation with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia.

Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, has announced plans to launch a new fumigant in cooperation with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia.

The new fumigant, dubbed EDN® will be used to limit the impact of pests and disease on timber in agriculture. Based on ethanedinitrile, EDN® is an ozone friendly alternative to methyl bromide (MeBr), which was banned in many countries in 1992 by the Montreal protocol due to its ozone-depleting effects.

Lex van Leeuwen, Global Manager of New Product Commercialisation & Fumigation at Linde Gases Division, commented, “EDN® is a pioneering new product that will benefit both forestry and agricultural sectors and underlines Linde‘s commitment to drive innovation and reduce environmental impact, lower costs and raise productivity.”

In order to facilitate the new fumigant, Linde is constructing a new plant in the Czech Republic where 1,000 tonnes of fumigant will be produced by the end of 2012.

In addition to protecting major agricultural and forestry industries from pests and diseases, EDN® also has the potential for several important applications in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and chemicals where EDN® is used as a chemical building block in synthesis.

CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Chief Mark Lonsdale said, “Ethanedinitrile presents a great opportunity to limit the impact of pests and disease in certain industries and is a viable alternative to the ozone-damaging methyl bromide. The new fumigant is the result of many years of research and is a patented technology of CSIRO’s Ecosystem Sciences Division using ethanedinitrile as the active constituent.”