Corteva Agriscience announced the launch of Lumialzam, its first biological nematicide for seed treatment in Brazil.
The manufacturer said that while focusing on soy and corn, this bionematicide controls the main nematodes and offers ″protection of the productive potential,″ contributing to ″the health and restoration of the soil in a sustainable way.″
Lumialza contained Bacillus amyloliquefaciens bacteria (strain PTA-4838), a naturally occurring organism that colonizes the root region to create a biological barrier against a wide range of harmful nematodes.
The biological one, Corteva said, ″does not interrupt the activities of organisms beneficial to the soil, offering efficient protection right at the beginning of the establishment of the crop, which can last for more than 80 days.″
Dante Queiroz, leader of the company's Seed Treatment Portfolio
″Corteva works to bring continuous innovation to the field, and Lumialza is another step in this direction,″ said Dante Queiroz, leader of the company's Seed Treatment Portfolio.
According to him, the launch encompasses the areas of seed treatment and biologicals, which ″are of great importance to the company. They seek to help the farmer manage nematodes, one of the highest priorities for soybean and corn producers, who need to protect their production and return on investments.″
Bionematicide is indicated for the control of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita), cyst nematodes (Heterodera glycines), and root-lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus spp).
According to the manufacturer, the product also activates ″the production of hormones in the plant, providing greater root and shoot development. In this way, the plant absorbs more water and nutrients and grows healthier and more vigorous.″
Nematodes resist diverse environmental conditions and may favor the incidence of diseases, which further affects plants.
According to the Brazilian Society of Nematology, losses in soybeans can exceed 50%, with an annual loss of around BRL16 billion (US$3.1 billion), whereas in corn, losses reach 35%.
″In addition to being an efficient tool for nematode management strategies, Lumialza helps with rapid germination and sustainably contributes to soil restoration, benefiting the future and prosperity of the field,″ Corteva said in conclusion.
(Editing by Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages)
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