Dec. 6, 2018
Muneo® BioKit is a novelty from BASF that combines chemical and biological products in a new technology for the cultivation of sugarcane. The chemical part is composed by Muneo, product with insecticidal action and fungicide. The biological product is the Aprinza, an inoculant that acts as a promoter of root growth and aerial parts, along with contributing with a greater absorption of nutrients.
Aprinza is the result of BASF's partnership with Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Company), with the support of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), the University of São Paulo (ESALQ / USP) and the State University of Maringá (UEM).
Muneo BioKit provides increases in productivity of up to 18%, with improved growth and development of sugarcane. The solution can be used in all cultivated varieties in the country. The technology has been field tested for over five years.
"The innovation has unprecedented performance in the market, optimizes the productive potential of sugarcane, helps in the development of the root system, increases the absorption of nutrients with greater growth and resistance, thus contributing to a more sustainable management," said Dr. Veronica Massena Reis, a researcher at Embrapa Agrobiology.
In addition to promoting plant growth, Muneo BioKit is also effective in controlling major pests and diseases, such as pineapple black rot (Ceratocystis paradoxa) and red rot (Colletotrichum falcatum), as well as pests, such as weevil (Sphenophorus levis) and termites (Heterotermes tenuis). The solution has a suppressive effect on pests, such as the sugarcane borer (Diatraea saccharalis), that can compromise sugarcane plantations if management is not performed correctly.
The general manager of Embrapa Agrobiology, Gustavo Xavier, noted that Aprinza is the first inoculant specially developed for use in sugarcane and represents a milestone for Embrapa, which has been researching and testing for more than two decades.
"This biological input is part of a worldwide trend to ensure the sustainability of the agriculture with lower cost of production. The technology is celebrated because it is the result of quality research, carried out with persistence and creativity, "said the manager.
"Muneo BioKit brings operational gains to cane planting, due to its easy application which optimizes the handling at planting and offers increased safety to farmers. The solution also offers excellent control of the main pests and diseases that promote damage to sugarcane, since it integrates chemical and biological management, potentiating the results in sugarcane plantations," explains BASF's sugar cane marketing manager Leandro Pessente.
"The sugar-energy sector is one of the most important for the Brazilian economy. BASF knows the challenges faced by the sugarcane production chain and, therefore, invests in innovative solutions that provide productivity and quality. The launch of Muneo BioKit reaffirms our commitment to the longevity of sugarcane plantations and contributes to the farmer's legacy," said Marcelo Batistela, director of marketing at BASF's Solutions Division for Agriculture in Brazil.