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Mar. 26, 2021

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Mar. 26, 2021

Syngenta launches two new soybean fungicides in Brazil

Syngenta has added two novel fungicides: Mitrion (benzovindiflupyr + prothioconazole) and Alade (benzovindiflupyr + cyproconazole + difenoconazole), keeping in mind diseases such as Cercosporiosis, target spot disease, anthracnose and Asian rust that have increasingly affected soybean productivity in recent years and can cause losses of up to 90% of the crop, generating billions in annual losses. 

Brazil has an area of almost 40 million hectares of soybeans, and diseases are one of the main factors that impact productivity. The different agronomic scenarios, the large number of varieties planted and the greater pressure of diseases have brought challenges to current technologies, especially due to the limited spectrum and potency of the compositions that, many times, are not able to control the entire complex.

In response to this scenario, having as a priority the evolution of sustainable agriculture and higher levels of productivity, Syngenta has added two novel fungicides to its portfolio, developed according to unique combinations of technologies. The two products combine power and consistency to control the soybean disease complex. Mitrion is the combination of the two active ingredients, which complement each other in different modes of action, delivering superior control of stains (mainly the target stain) and rust. Alade is the combination of three active ingredients that together provide a greater spectrum and consistency of disease control.

“The increase in the expressiveness of diseases in the countryside has been causing huge losses to farmers. The producer has needs for control and innovation that have not yet been met, mainly due to the scarcity of technologies that meet the different agronomic scenarios. There are several cropping systems, planting times and varieties that directly interfere with the severity of diseases in the field,” underlined Syngenta's Fungicide Leader, Marcos Queirós. 

“The scenario demands a transformation, and that is why Mitrion and Alade arrived to fill this gap, innovating in disease control through exclusive combinations of highly effective assets, with different modes of action, maximizing control in any agronomic scenario,” he said in conclusion.

The new technologies enter to compete in a segment of critical importance. According to a survey by Spark, a provider of information services in the Brazilian agribusiness, the estimated potential of the fungicide market, only for soybeans, is around US$2.8 billion. In the premium segment, in which the two new products will be positioned, the potential reaches $1.6 billion.

New solutions

With a robust personality, Mitrion is a high performance fungicide, which combines Solatenol (common name benzovindiflupyr) and Prothioconazole. Mitrion delivers stain and rust control, emphasizing on the target stain, due to the preventive effect of Solatenol associated with the curative effect of Prothioconazole, ensuring more safety to production and, consequently, greater profitability for the farmer.

Alade, on the other hand, is a fungicide composed of three active ingredients, which, together, maximize the fight against diseases. Alade provides an important preventive effect through Solatenol, a modern carboxamide with high adherence and penetration into the leaves. In addition, Alade brings the double systemic action of Cyproconazole and Difenoconazole, two highly selective and effective triazoles. Cyproconazole stands out for its mobility and rust control, while Difenoconazole is specific for stain control. The synergistic effect of the three active ingredients makes Alade the fungicide with the largest spectrum of action on the market, with high consistency of control, especially Anthracnose, Cercosporiosis and Powdery mildew.

“Both products will come in formulations with Empowered Control technology, which provides greater retention, spreading and translocation. Its compositions have exclusive adjuvants and surfactants, which are patented by Syngenta,” Queirós emphasized.

The executive stressed that the use of new products must be combined with appropriate management strategies. “Success in disease control requires a combination of state-of-the-art strategy and technologies. Syngenta's Conscious Management, based on 10 principles, establishes precise actions based on good agronomic practices, understanding of the cultivation systems and profile of the planted varieties, technical knowledge of products and their characteristics, recommendations customized by region and appropriate application technologies, which aim to guarantee success in the control, longevity of the molecules and reaching high levels of productivity,” he explained.

Syngenta's new technologies are aimed at achieving more efficient and balanced production, one of the main commitments made through the company's Sustainable Agriculture Plan. Among other goals, the plan aims to help producers face climate change, developing at least two new disruptive technologies per year. In addition, the company will also invest $2 billion in sustainable agriculture by 2025.

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