Nematodes - specifically soybean cyst nematode - is a problem child in the pest control world. The many races of the pest make it difficult to breed resistance into crops. And wide-spread control of the problem can be a challenge. Syngenta has announced the launch of Clariva, a proprietary seed treatment nematicide based on technology it acquired in 2012 from Pasteuria.
The product consists of a naturally occurring soil bacteria that has a direct mode of action on nematodes. Those microscopic worm-shaped soil organisms can cause significant damage to a range of crops.
In a press release announcing Clariva, John Atkin, Syngenta chief operating officer, remarks that soybean growers have long been searching for new tools to manage their cyst nematode problem, "which in the USA alone causes more than a billion dollars of annual yield losses. Clariva will take nematode control to a new level."
According to the company, multi-year trial data shows that Clariva delivers immediate and long-lasting protection of plant root systems.
Syngenta plans to launch the product in the United States for the 2014 growing season. It will be combined with other Syngenta seed care products to create a complete solution for soybeans. Further registrations across major crops worldwide are planned.
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