Source: Bayer CropScience

Bayer CropScience presented the biological and chemical properties of its new herbicidal active ingredient indaziflam for the first time at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America.

The annual meeting, attended by academic and industrial scientists, was held from Feb. 9-13 in Orlando.

Indaziflam is a promising substance that can be used on a large number of non-agricultural plants to control weeds. With Indaziflam, Bayer CropScience is also strengthening its portfolio of agricultural crop protection products.

Indaziflam is one of ten new active ingredients that Bayer CropScience is planning to launch between 2008 and 2012, which together have a peak sales potential in excess of EUR 1 billion. Indaziflam is currently at an advanced stage of development. The company anticipates marketing the first products based on this active ingredient in 2011, assuming that regulatory approval is granted.

Indaziflam belongs to the chemical class of alkylazines and provides an excellent long-lasting action. The new compound controls a broad spectrum of weeds, including species which are difficult to eliminate such as annual bluegrass, goosegrass, ryegrass and goosefoot. Indaziflam is an excellent mixing partner and can be used either pre- or post-emergent in conjunction with post-emergent herbicides. Another advantage for the operator is the low application rate. Because of the long-lasting action and the broad spectrum of activity, the number of applications can be reduced. This makes indaziflam an environmentally compatible and pioneering active ingredient in the global non-selective herbicides market.

Bayer CropScience says it believes that there are applications for the professional user in the commercially attractive green industry segment, for example in the care of turf on golf courses and sports fields, public lawns and gardens, and for ornamental plants. In these markets, its business operations unit Environmental Science offers a comprehensive range of products. Demand for branded products for effective and environmentally compatible weed control has also expanded among do-it-yourself gardeners and home and garden owners.

The company says it also sees additional growth potential in its Crop Protection business. Indaziflam can be used in agricultural crops such as fruit and vines, nuts, citrus fruit, olives and sugar cane as a new basic herbicide.