Syngenta, Novozymes team on biological fungicide

10/30/2012 09:22:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Syngenta logoSyngenta, based in Basel, Switzerland, has signed an agreement with Bagsvaerd, Denmark-based Novozymes to be the exclusive global distributor and marketer of Taegro, a biological fungicide.

It is produced through fermentation of Bacillus subtilis, a naturally occurring bacterium, according to a news release.

The fungicide is most effective at low to moderate infection levels and controls a wide range of diseases both in the soil and foliarly.

The soilborne diseases it has activity on include Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, Sclerotinia, Phythophthora and Pythium on a variety of crops, including leafy and fruiting vegetables, cucurbits and ornamentals.

Foliar diseases on which it has activity include downy mildew, powdery mildew, early blight, late blight, bacterial speck and bacterial spot, according to Novozymes' U.S. website.

This is not the first agreement between the two companies.

In April, the two agreed to work together to commercialize Novozymes' seed-applied biological, JumpStart, which increases phosphate solubility in the soil, according to the release.

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Tosh Kuratomi    
california  |  November, 02, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Organic farmers will want to know if it will be OMRI approved before hitting the market.

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