RALEIGH, N.C. - Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA) announces a new addition to its herbicide portfolio with the registration of Parazone(TM) 3SL.

Recently registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, Parazone is a broad-spectrum, non-selective, burn-down herbicide that is also used as a defoliant and desiccant with multiple uses on more than 100 crops including corn, soybeans, grapes, cotton, alfalfa and a host of fruit trees and vegetables.

Parazone 3SL, containing the active ingredient paraquat, provides fast, effective control against the toughest weeds, sedges and grasses in a formulation that is 50 percent more concentrated than the leading brand. Parazone contains the same active as Gramoxone Max(R) and eliminates weeds in as little as 48 hours, allowing crops to grow and reach their utmost producing potential.

"Parazone is formulated for use as a harvest aid, in pre-plant burn downs and for orchard-floor management to provide fast, effective, broad-spectrum weed control," said Dave Downing, MANA herbicide senior product manager. "Also an effective tool for resistance management, it offers a different mode of action that works against glyphosate-tolerant weeds."

Concentrated and packaged in convenient containers, Parazone is easy to apply, simple to handle and mixes well with other herbicides. Like all products featuring the active ingredient paraquat, Parazone is a Restricted Use Pesticide and can only be used by certified applicators or persons under their direct supervision.

"The bottom line is that new Parazone 3SL herbicide provides efficient, fast-acting, broad-spectrum weed control on a variety of crops at a value that ultimately saves the grower money," added Downing.

Makhteshim Agan of North America Inc., based in Raleigh, N.C., offers the broadest post-patent portfolio in the crop protection industry with nearly 50 branded insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and harvest aids from over 40 active ingredients.

MANA is a North American subsidiary of Makhteshim Agan Industries, Ltd. (MAI) Israel, the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of crop protection products. With 2005 sales of more than $1.5 billion, MAI ranks seventh in global agrochemical companies.

SOURCE: MANA Crop Protection.