RALEIGH, N.C. -- Makhteshim Agan of North America Inc. (MANA) has received California registrations for Silencer(TM) 1 EC and Fanfare(TM) 2EC, giving PCAs and growers two new reliable insecticide options for 2007.

Silencer 1 EC insecticide, with the same active as Warrior(R), is an effective broad-spectrum pyrethroid registered for use on alfalfa, tree nuts, stone fruits, rice and vegetables.

The emulsifiable concentrate formulation provides excellent knockdown and lasting residual protection against a host of common pests that damage crops in California every year. Silencer is the premier generic lambda-cyhalothrin registered in the United States, MANA said in a release.

Fanfare 2EC is an insecticide/miticide with bifenthrin, the same active as Capture(R), and is registered for use on artichokes, Brassica vegetables, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and pears in addition to corn, cotton and cucurbits.

Fanfare provides control over a broad range of soil and foliar pests and offers a residual effect beyond what most others can deliver. Fanfare offers cutworm and wireworm control at planting along with protection against mites.

"Silencer and Fanfare offer the broad-spectrum protection and lasting residual effects that California growers need to control harmful insects," said Brian Ahrens, MANA senior product manager for insecticides. "By combining superb control with superior value, these two MANA insecticides help deliver better control and keep input costs to a minimum."

Both products have previously been registered in the other 49 states, but are new to California for the 2007 growing season.

Makhteshim Agan of North America, Inc., (MANA), 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 over US$1.5 billion, MAI ranks seventh in global agrochemical companies.

SOURCE: MANA news release.