Syngenta announced the launch of Clariva, a proprietary seed treatment nematicide based on the Pasteuria technology acquired in 2012.

Clariva consists of naturally occurring soil bacteria with a unique, direct mode of action on nematodes: microscopic worm-shaped soil organisms, which cause significant damage to all major agricultural crops.

Syngenta Chief Operating Officer John Atkin, said, “Soybean growers in particular have long been searching for additional tools to manage the widespread cyst nematode problem, which in the U.S. alone causes more than a billion dollars of annual yield losses. Clariva will take nematode control to a new level and reinforce our global leadership in seed treatment innovation.”

Multi-year field trial data demonstrate that Clariva delivers immediate and long-lasting protection of plant root systems resulting in significant yield benefits.

Clariva is available for ordering by retailers to be used in the 2014 growing season as Clariva Complete Beans for soybeans. Further registrations across major crops worldwide are planned.