Syngenta recently announced the launch of its new formulation, Switch® One (50% Fludioxonil WG), to over 300 horticultural professionals from Murcia and Almeria, Spain.
Switch® One is a fungicide that controls botrytis and sclerotinia in horticultural crops, ensuring healthy crops, lengthening the post-harvest period, helping environmental protection, and reducing food waste throughout the entire production chain.
Robert Renwick, General Director of Syngenta in Spain and Portugal, said, “Syngenta is committed to innovation, to ensure sustainable agriculture in all crops. We are developing new technologies that will meet the needs of farmers while responding to current social and environmental requirements.”
Switch One is part of Syngenta's commitment to innovation, serving the sector and consumers, and enabling farmers to utilize effective and broad-spectrum fungicides with only one active ingredient that complies with the strictest regulatory standards, as well as safely disposing of waste.
Juan Miguel Cantús, who is responsible for trials at Syngenta, said, “There are fewer and fewer available active substances used against botrytis or sclerotinia, and the risk of resistance to products still available in the market is very high. The arrival of the Switch One is important, as we are facing diseases that are difficult to control, and it is necessary to use strategies where the appropriate management of cultural factors is integrated. It is also necessary to alternate products with different modes of action, and always using Switch One as the first preventative product is key to ensuring a healthy crop from start to finish.”
Highly efficient preventive applications
Dolores Fernández, a doctor working for the Department of Microbiology at the University of Malaga, stated, “Every year, we have 50 new pests and diseases in Europe, as well as increasing restrictions imposed by authorities and supermarkets when introducing new plant protection technologies. Microbiologist are committed to using Fludioxonil against diseases that cause rot in fruits and vegetables for two reasons. Firstly, this technology is very effective and non-toxic to the wider environment. Secondly, it is very difficult to prevent resistance. Therefore, Fludioxonil, used in many integrated management programs, is currently the best fungicide for use against botrytis, and if used properly, it is an appropriate long-term solution.”
Carmo Pereira, who manages the vegetable portfolio of Syngenta, presented the company’s product profile and available resources in terms of research and field trials, which enable the company to test the effectiveness of its Fludioxonil-based products on tomato, pepper, lettuce, strawberry, zucchini, cucumber and spinach. He also stressed the importance of fungicides to agriculture in Murcia and Almeria, where controlling botrytis and sclerotinia represents 24% of total fungicide use on horticultural crops, with tomato and lettuce crops accounting for 60% of the total.
For Pereira, the launch of Switch One is great news for the sector, given the proven efficacy of Fludioxonil against botrytis and sclerotinia. Switch One is a solution with a unique mode of action, which is key to combating resistance and ensuring a broad spectrum effect and high efficiency while being non-toxic to the wider environment. The product also has excellent export potential, as it protects both vegetable and fruit crops. Finally, to achieve maximum efficiency, Syngenta recommends the use of Switch One as a preventive application and not as a curative one, and only at recommended doses.