The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) will soon announce the registration of new products based on the active ingredient, fluopyram, which can be used to combat nematodes in potato, coffee, sugarcane and soybean crops, as well as fungi in cotton, bean, corn and soybean.
Fluopyram, which is a highly effective compound that was analyzed for 10 years awaiting registration, can be used as a fungicide against diseases such as gray mold (Botrytis cinerea), powdery mildew (Erysiphe diffusa), Alternaria, Sclerotinia and Monilinia. Studies conducted in Brazil also highlight its effectiveness in controlling the root lesions nematode (Pratylenchus brachyurus).
Data will be released on technical products used by the industry, as well as on formulated products already available for use on crops. Fluopyram is already approved by regulatory authorities in Europe, the United States and Australia, where it is available for use.
"It is a new option for controlling nematodes, which are often invisible but cause considerable damage to agriculture. The product is less toxic than those already on the market," explained Carlos Venâncio, General Coordinator of Pesticides and Related Products at the Ministry of Agriculture.
Products based on fluopyram offer a new mode of action for controlling nematodes, making them important tools that will assist farmers in managing this pest, which is becoming more common as it favors Brazil's soil and climate conditions. Nematodes are microscopic worms present in the soil and in fresh and salt water, and are often parasites of animals, insects and plants. They are invisible to the naked eye and live in the soil feeding on nutrients in the roots of plants.
The doses of fluopyram needed to control these pests are low, therefore, reducing the amount of required packaging, as well as the amount of product applied on crops compared to other products that are currently available.
From a toxicological and environmental point of view, all studies and information that were presented, as well as package leaflet recommendations, were evaluated and approved by relevant authorities, including Anvisa and Ibama. The product is, therefore, considered safe to human health and the environment.