Jan. 17, 2019
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
In Brazil, Syngenta announced the launch of the insecticide Durivo, which has two active ingredients (thiamethoxam and chlorantraniliprole) to control the so-called "bicho-mineiro" (Leucoptera coffeella) in coffee. This is the main and best known among pests that can reach coffee in the country.
Durivo innovates in its mode of action because its two active ingredients act simultaneously in the plague. "Different modes of action, in addition to being more effective, drastically reduce the development of possible resistance, offering more safety in the field," said Syngenta.
Another important factor, Syngenta pointed out, is the "speed with which each of the active ingredients moves in the plant. While thiamethoxam acts faster, chlorantraniliprole moves slower. This behavior increases the residual in the plant, leaving it protected for longer.
In addition, the two active ingredients work in synergy: "This means that they are not a mere combination, but rather complement each other, enhancing each other's qualities. All these differentials are shown in the field. In addition to all the protection, Durivo also assists in the development of the roots, making the coffee stronger and more resistant. The result is a plant with more leaves and which is much more productive."
"Despite being very small, [Leucoptera coffeella] can be devastating, causing defoliation of plants that can reach their full extent. A leafless plant becomes weaker. Weak plants undermine productivity. Speaking of just one foot seems simple, but imagine a few acres suffering from this same problem, the scenario is unacceptable," concluded Syngenta.