GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Denim(R) insecticide from Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. recently received registration from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for control of a broad spectrum of economically damaging lepidopteran pests in cotton, including armyworms and cotton bollworm, as well as for suppression of mites.

"Denim provides excellent control of all worm pests, especially armyworms, and also suppresses mites with minimal impact on beneficial insects, making it an ideal fit for integrated pest management programs," said John Foresman, Syngenta crop manager. "Denim is a low use-rate product that offers long-lasting residual control. It is a unique chemistry with no known cross-resistance, and it works through three modes of action -- contact, ingestion and ovicidal-like, in which larvae are controlled as they chew through egg casings."

Denim has been used effectively in registered states since 2003 for control of worm pests and mite suppression.

"I've enjoyed great success using Denim to control our worm pests and mites, especially armyworms," said Arizona PCA Jim Kirkpatrick. "Last year, we had problems with both mites and bollworms in the same fields, and it only took one application of Denim to knock them both out."

Denim has also proven to be an effective tool to combat resistance. The active ingredient in Denim, emamectin benzoate, is a new chemistry in California, giving growers another tool in their overall cotton management program.

"Denim is a great fit for resistance management, because it offers a new alternative to what we've had in the past," said Kirkpatrick. "When growers have new options such as Denim, we can do a better job with our resistance management."

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2005 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs some 19,000 people in more than 90 countries.

SOURCE: Syngenta Crop Protection news release.