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Bayer biological seed treatment coming in 2011

Officials with Bayer CropScience announced Tuesday the company will launch a new biocontrol seed treatment in corn, soybeans and cotton for the 2011 season.

Select growers and seed companies will be able to test VOTiVO biological seed treatment on their farms in 2010 for a firsthand look at its protective properties, says product manager Paul Hewitt.

"VOTiVO...makes use of a beneficial bacteria that renders nematodes irrelevant through biocontrol methods," Hewitt says.

Bayer officials say VOTiVO creates a living barrier around plant roots so nematodes have limited access to feed. The safe, stable formulation allows endospores of the bacteria to be applied directly to the seed. When that seed is planted, the endospores are activated and VOTiVO begins its work.

"When the seed is planted, the environmental conditions needed to trigger seed germination also trigger spore germination," Hewitt says. "From that point on, the bacteria grows exponentially, creating a living barrier of protection around seedling roots. When nematodes come looking for food, the roots are already surrounded by VOTiVO."

VOTiVO provides protection from early-season nematode feeding when damage potential is highest. And because it blocks nematodes rather than attacking them, VOTiVO is effective against all major plant-parasitic nematodes, including lance, lesion, needle, root-knot and soybean cyst nematodes, Hewitt says.

Officials with Bayer CropScience announced Tuesday the company will launch a new biocontrol seed treatment in corn, soybeans and cotton for the 2011 season.

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