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EUROPEAN NEWS AND MARKETS

SYNGENTA LAUNCHES MIXED TRIAZOLE FUNGICIDE

A new fungicide Cherokee (cyproconazole + propiconazole + chlorothalonil) has been launched by Syngenta in the UK. The product contains high rates of two proven triazole fungicides, combined with the anti-resistance component of chlorothalonil. “While strobilurin fungicides continue to have a key yield-building role by maintaining green leaf area, the advent of Septoria tritici resistance means mixtures of triazoles with chlorothalonil  should be the backbone of wheat fungicide programmes to control this disease,” said Syngenta brand manager Matt Pickard. “Because Cherokee has been developed using existing products, there have been none of the high development costs of bringing new active ingredients to the market,” he added. The company claims that while the rapid movement of its cyproconazole component gets to the disease inside the leaf rapidly, the slower moving propiconazole component provides a more sustained effect. Besides wheat, Cherokee provides a new option in winter and spring barley. Full approval against Septoria tritici plus yellow and brown rust in wheat is complemented by full approval against brown rust and mildew in barley. The product also has activity against Rhynchosporium and net blotch and can reduce barley spotting when used as part of a spray programme.

The practice of mixing triazole fungicides has become known as triazole stacking. Using the unique and complementary disease strengths of each triazole is the key to producing a successful stack as is the differing speeds of uptake. However, it is necessary to adopt this approach with caution as  formulation may modify the inherent properties of an active ingredient; there is also the possibility of some antagonism against certain diseases.

SYNGENTA DEVELOPS OPTI INPUTS

Working in partnership with agribusiness consultants Bidwells, Syngenta UK has launched a new campaign to help growers make more effective use of inputs whilst at the same time maintaining cereal yields. Opti Inputs help growers and advisers to have a better understanding of fixed and variable costs. Bidwell’s consultant Cloe Bell said: “Many growers go too far when it comes to cutting the cost of pesticides and fertilisers. Leaving out keys sprays such as growth regulators or fungicides could produce yield reductions that will cause profits to drop dramatically. Crop profitability should be bolstered by reducing fixed costs and maximising grain price.” Dr Pat Ryan, head of business support for Syngenta agrees that input cutting does not make sense. “Yield should always be the platform for arable income,” he said. “Diseases, lodging and grass weeds are all potential drains on cereal yields.” Opti Inputs will help growers maintain their cereal yield but it will save money and time by highlighting the most cost effective inputs and by focusing on better spray targeting. “The objective must always be to gain maximum return from inputs in order to add value to outputs and to spread the fixed farm costs over a greater output value,” concluded Dr Ryan.

EXOSECT AND INTRACHEM BIO COLLABORATE IN ITALY

Exosect is to expand its worldwide product development programme through a collaboration in Italy with the Geneva based company Intrachem Bio International (www.intrachembio.int.ch) and its Italian subsidiary Intrachem Bio Italia. Headquartered near Milan, the company specialises in the registration, development, marketing and distribution of advanced technology products for agriculture. Intrachem Bio is a leader in Italy in four main areas – bio fertilisers and high-purity nutrients, micro organisms and botanical pesticides for plant protection, macro organisms (beneficial insects) and nematodes and products derived from natural sources. “Intrachem Bio initially trialled our codling moth system, Exosex CM, in 2005 and were so impressed with the results that the new agreement will cover all Exosex products throughout Italy,” explained Exosect’s MD Martin Brown.

REGISTRATION CONSULTANTS EXPAND INTO SPAIN

The UK-based consulting company TSGE (www.tsgeurope.com)  has successfully launched a sister company TSGE Iberia S.L. in Barcelona, Spain. TSGE is a well established multi-disciplinary consultancy providing registration services to agrochemical, biocide, chemical and animal health companies, as well as to industry groups, Government institutions and law firms. The new business in

31 March 2006                           © Market Scope Europe Ltd                          www.crop-protection-monthly.co.uk

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