Movento Insecticide approved in U.S.

United States specialty crop growers will be among the first worldwide to experience a revolutionary insecticide that exhibits unique "2-way systemic" activity within plants.

Movento insecticide (spirotetramat), a much-anticipated new foliar product from Bayer CropScience, has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for immediate use on citrus, pome and stone fruits, grapes, tree nuts, Christmas trees, hops and vegetables.

The EPA jointly reviewed the registration package with lead regulatory agencies in Canada and the European Union (EU), and concurrently with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. As such, harmonized Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) are established for Movento in the U.S., Canada, and EU. Although some state labels are pending, many, including California, are expected within the next month.

"Movento protects against a broad spectrum of troublesome sucking insects such as aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies, scales and many others," says John Bell, product development manager with Bayer CropScience. "It shows long-lasting control of feeding immature life stages as well as reductions in fecundity of female adults. But the feature that truly sets Movento apart from other insecticides is a unique active ingredient with 2-way systemic activity within plant tissue."

After application, the 2-way systemic material moves upward and downward through the plant's vascular system, ensuring even and continuous distribution and better overall protection of young shoots, leaves and roots. A spreading and penetrating adjuvant or additive is required for optimum uptake and systemicity within plant tissue.

"Movento is also an excellent choice for Integrated Pest Management and resistance management programs," says Bell. "The active ingredient comes from a new chemical class, tetramic acids, and shows low risk to beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings."

Marketed worldwide under the brand name Movento, spirotetramat received first regulatory approval from Tunisia in 2007. Beyond the United States, additional global launches are anticipated in 2008 for Canada and other countries. Movento is very high on CODEX's and Japan's priority list. MRLs could be issued by those entities by late 2009 or early 2010.

For more information on Movento, growers should visit their local Bayer CropScience retailer or local sales representative, or visit

Bayer CropScience LP is the U.S. business of Bayer CropScience AG.