SePRO announces USEPA approval of ProcellaCOR™ Aquatic Herbicide.

SePRO Corporation announces today the United States Federal registration of ProcellaCOR—a novel, game-changing technology for aquatic plant management.  

ProcellaCOR is a new, advanced tool for selective, systemic control of major invasive aquatic weeds including hydrilla, Eurasian and hybrid watermilfoils, crested floating heart, water hyacinth, and many more.  ProcellaCOR’s approval marks a number of major firsts for the management of exotic and nuisance aquatic vegetation:

  • The first brand-new herbicide active to receive approval of aquatic use in its initial USEPA registration in 32 years (Sonar® being the last);
  • The only short-exposure, systemic herbicide mode of action for hydrilla;
  • The first US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reduced Risk designation for a short-exposure herbicide for spot and partial in-water treatments of submersed weeds; and
  • The first non-copper herbicide for localized treatments without any restriction on human potable water consumption following application.

In conclusion, EPA describes that there are ‘no risks of concern to human health from any route of exposure’ and ProcellaCOR ‘may provide a better alternative to older chemistries that require higher levels of risk mitigation practices in order to reduce exposure.’  With an excellent environmental profile, EPA describes ‘no risk concerns for non-target wildlife.’  With low use rates due to unprecedented activity on major invasive aquatic plants, ProcellaCOR will reduce needed herbicide rates by orders of magnitude versus alternate, older technologies.  

SePRO’s President and CEO Bill Culpepper: “We are excited to offer ProcellaCOR as a new tool for aquatic plant management.  Its development and successful registration reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation and leadership in the aquatic market, and I am proud of our team’s successful efforts to register this technology.”

Vice President of Research and Sales, Dr. Tyler Koschnick: “ProcellaCOR is a leap in technology for aquatic plant management.  Its registration is due to the hard work and creativity of a great team and effective partnership with industry, government, and university collaborators.  ProcellaCOR is the first of a planned series of major aquatic solutions in development under SePRO’s Procella Water Resource Solutions platform and we are energized by ProcellaCOR’s approval to continue research on these other prospective advanced technologies.”

Senior Aquatic Technology Leader, Dr. Mark Heilman: “The successful development and registration of ProcellaCOR is a major milestone derived from SePRO’s strong investment in developing new technology for aquatic resource management.  Along with the entire SePRO team, I look forward to the next phase of supporting certified Stewards of Water management professionals and public agency partners in operational adoption of ProcellaCOR.”

SePRO Adds to Aquatic Sales and Technical Support in Florida

SePRO Corporation is pleased to announce Rory Roten has joined our aquatics team in Florida as a Technical Specialist.

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Rory is excited to build on the highest level of technical expertise, service and support that the Florida aquatics industry has come to expect from SePRO.  

Rory received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Crop Science from North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he worked as a Research Associate in the Aquatics and Non-Cropland Weed Management program.  He was responsible for public education and outreach, and conducting aquatic herbicide research and rights-of-way field research.  Over the past five years, Rory has been working as a scientist in New Zealand and this summer will receive his Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences from Lincoln University.  Rory, along with his wife and two children, is excited to be back in the US and ready to begin supporting SePRO customers in Florida.       
“We are excited to have Rory join the SePRO team in Florida.  His expertise and passion for problem solving in the field will provide our customers a valuable resource to advance their aquatic resource management programs with proven solutions such as SeClear Algaecide and Water Quality Enhancer®, Captain® XTR Algaecide, and SeSCRIPT® Laboratory Services,” said Shaun Hyde, Eastern Region Manager.

Rory will be relocating to central Florida in June, joining Kelli Gladding, SePRO Technical Development Specialist in supporting the Sunshine State.  His contact information will be provided in a follow-up communication.  

SePRO is also pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Shaner to Invasive Weed Management Portfolio Leader.  Michael will continue to support aquatics customers and the SePRO team in Florida during this transition and beyond through continued advancements in technologies such as Sonar® Aquatic Herbicide, Komeen® Crystal, and introduction of the breakthrough herbicide technology of Procellacor® (pending registration in 2017).  Michael will be based out of SePRO’s home office in Carmel, Indiana.

SePRO Adds to Aquatic Sales and Technical Support in the Northeast

SePRO Corporation is pleased to welcome Jon Gosselin as Technical Specialist to lead aquatic technical support and business in the Northeast; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New England.

Jon started his professional career in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve as a Marine Science Technician, where he worked with federal, state and local stakeholders performing pollution investigation and response compliance. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics and has recently completed his M.S. in Agronomy-Weed Science from the University of Florida. During his graduate program, he worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants conducting studies in areas such as soil science, ecosystem restoration, aquatic plant nutrition and herbicide interactions.

We are excited to have Jon join the SePRO team. His aquatics expertise and passion for problem solving will provide our customers a valuable resource to advance their management programs with proven solutions such as SeClear Algaecide and Water Quality Enhancer®, Captain® XTR Algaecide, SonarOne® Aquatic Herbicide and the breakthrough herbicide technology of Procellacor® (pending registration in 2017).

SePRO's Sales and Technical Support in the Great Plains & Mountain Region

SePRO Corporation is pleased to welcome Mason Young as a Technical Specialist to lead sales and support for Turf & Landscape, Ornamental, and Aquatic Markets in the Great Plains & Mountain Region: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

Mason will begin his responsibilities with SePRO on February 1, 2017.

Mason obtained his B.S. degree in Crop Science with a minor in Pest Management at the University of Arkansas in 2014. He is currently finalizing his thesis for the completion of a M.S. degree at the University of Arkansas in Weed Science under Dr. Jason Norsworthy.  Mason brings to the region a solid working background in applied weed, insect, and disease science and he looks forward to working hard to support his customers in the Great Plains & Mountain Region.  Mason is an outdoor enthusiast and will be located in the Denver, Colorado area.

We are excited to have Mason join the SePRO team.  His strong weed science background will allow him to quickly become a technical support resource for customers in the Great Plains & Mountain Region; supporting solutions such as Legacy® Turf Growth Regulator in golf, Rycar® Insecticide in greenhouses or supporting the launch of the breakthrough herbicide technology of Procellacor™ in aquatics (pending registration in 2017).

Starting February 1, 2017 Mason Young may be reached by phone at 303-229-9622 or by email at  In the interim, please contact me with any technical and business support needs. Scott Shuler, Western Region Sales Manager at or call 317-388-3316.

SePRO Corporation’s Bishop Earns Ph.D.

SePRO Corporation is pleased to announce that West Bishop, Algae Scientist and Water Quality Research Manager, was recently awarded his Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Crop Science from North Carolina State University.  The title of Dr. Bishop’s research dissertation is ‘A Risk-based Decision Information System for Selecting an Algal Management Program.’  His major advisor was Dr. Rob Richardson (NCSU Professor of Crop Science).  Other NCSU faculty serving on Dr. Bishop’s graduate research advisory committee were Dr. JoAnn Burkholder (Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology), Dr. William Hunt III (Distinguished Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering), Dr. Travis Gannon (Assistant Professor of Crop Science), and Dr. Gregory Cope (Distinguished Professor of Applied Ecology).  

Dr. Bishop also holds a Master of Science degree in Aquatic Toxicology from Clemson University (major advisor: Dr. John Rodgers, Jr.) and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Bishop has led SePRO’s efforts in research of new solutions for algae management and water quality improvement since 2011.  Bishop also is an integral part of SePRO’s support of its current Algae Management and Water Quality Technology solutions including leadership of SeSCRIPT® Algae & Water Quality Prescription Services and technical guidance to countless private and public water resource managers.

“West is already nationally recognized for his expertise—and amazing passion—for the biology and management of algae.  His efforts have been critical to SePRO’s research, development, and technical support of leading solutions for the management of harmful and nuisance algal blooms such as Captain® XTR Algaecide and SeClear Algaecide and Water Quality Enhancer® and novel water quality improvement technologies such as Phoslock® Phosphorus Locking Technology.  It is an impressive accomplishment and a compelling testament to Dr. Bishop’s enthusiasm and commitment to algae science and management that he was able to successfully complete his Ph.D. program while also working full time in his research role with SePRO.  I am confident that Dr. Bishop has even greater accomplishments ahead of him as he puts new scientific training and perspectives into practice in this discipline.” said Dr. Mark Heilman, SePRO Senior Aquatic Technology Leader.

The SePRO family congratulates Dr. Bishop on this tremendous academic achievement and thanks him for his strong service to the aquatic industry and in protecting our most precious natural resource, water.