Syngenta offers new Vibrance seed treatment fungicide
Syngenta announced federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of Vibrance seed treatment fungicide, the company’s first fungicide developed specifically as a seed treatment. Featuring a new mode of action for the seed treatment market, Vibrance is now registered for use on cereals, soybeans and canola with additional crop registrations anticipated during the next several years. State registrations may still be pending. Please check with your state regulatory agency to determine registration status.
“Vibrance is a great addition to our Seedcare portfolio and will enhance our industry-leading line of fungicide seed treatment products,” said Chad Shelton, Seedcare brand asset lead, Syngenta.
Through this new mode of action from the SDHI class of fungicides, sedaxane, the active ingredient in Vibrance, creates an unmatched level of disease protection that results in stronger, more powerful roots. This Rooting Power™ helps produce more even emergence, improve nutrient and moisture uptake, and develop stronger plants. As a result, crops are better able to withstand the stresses of the growing season to deliver more consistent yield performance.
“Syngenta scientists and researchers around the globe have been analyzing interactions between roots, diseases, moisture efficiency and nutrient utilization,” explained Palle Pedersen, Ph.D., Seedcare technology manager, Syngenta. “We are learning that a simple act like effectively protecting crop roots from disease with a quality seed treatment fungicide like Vibrance can have an enormous impact on the overall health of the plant.”
Vibrance contributes to a healthier crop by starting at the roots. It provides best-in-class protection against devastating soilborne diseases like Rhizoctonia root rot, which can wreak havoc on crops if it’s able to take over a field. In addition to damaging roots, this fungal pathogen attacks young seedlings, impairing their ability to absorb water and nutrients, which reduces emergence and stunts growth.
“Rhizoctonia infects the entire root system,” explained Tim Paulitz, Ph.D., research plant pathologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University. “The pathogen hides out in dead roots. It forms a thick-walled mycelium, so it sits in the soil, surviving and waiting. When the pathogen senses the root growing, and the soil’s moisture level and temperature have become favorable, the mycelium or hyphae will contact the root, and then penetrate it. Once the pathogen infects, it kills the root tissue, the root tips, the root cortex – the pathogen invades the entire root system.”