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Syngenta to offer new bio-control nematicide for 2014

Agriculture.com Staff 03/28/2013 @ 10:08am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration approval to Syngenta for a new bio-control nematicide seed treatment  targeting soybean cyst nematode (SCN).

“It provides instant activity from the moment of planting and offers season-long protection,” said David Winston, seedcare product lead for Syngenta in a company press release. “As the solution growers have been seeking for years, this seed treatment nematicide complements crop rotation practices and SCN resistant varieties.”

SCN annually causes losses of approximately $1.5 billion for soybean farmers. This pest has become a widespread problem across all major production areas in the Midwest. SCN damage is often misdiagnosed or confused with other crop protection problems and can increase disease.

Syngenta officials say the product contains a new mode of action.

The bio-control nematicide reduces SCN feeding and reproduction, and kills the pest via Pasteuria spp., which is a bacteria that is a natural enemy to SCN. The nematicide has an excellent seed safety profile, say company officials

The bio-control nematicide will be commercialized for the 2014 season with insecticide and fungicide packages from Syngenta. Company officials say the package will protect against SCN as well as other insects and diseases.

Syngenta recently acquired Pasteuria Bioscience, Inc., a U.S.-based biotechnology company. Since 2011, Syngenta and Pasteuria have had a global technology partnership to develop and commercialize biological products to control plant-parasitic nematodes, using the naturally occurring soil bacteria Pasteuria spp.

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