Syngenta Crop Protection announced that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) has granted Section 18 emergency exemption approval of Inspire fungicide for use on Alternaria in almond orchards. California almond growers in Butte, Glenn, Kern and Tehama counties may now use Inspire to treat almonds. Containing the active ingredient difenoconazole, Inspire offers almond growers effective control of Alternaria.

"Alternaria can devastate an almond orchard," said James Adaskaveg, professor of plant pathology, University of California-Riverside. "California almond growers should be encouraged by this additional tool for controlling this damaging disease."

Though recently introduced into this market in the United States in the summer of 2007, difenoconazole has been used extensively for more than two decades in 96 other countries on over 100 crops to help produce high quality crops and yields.

"Difenoconazole is one of the most powerful triazole fungicides available and offers years of proven performance to California almond growers," said David Laird, fungicide brand manager, Syngenta. "Applied at low use rates, Inspire has high preventive and curative activity. Through translaminar movement, Inspire is rapidly absorbed into the leaves, providing strong residual control and protecting leaf surfaces."

California almond growers affected by the Section 18 should contact their local retailer or Syngenta representative for use rates, application timing and other product information.