SWITZERLAND – Seed giant Syngenta and Japanese chemical company Nippon Soda,  have announced that they have entered a global licencing agreement that will enhance collaboration on seed treatment technology.

The agreement aims to enhance the use of the new seed treatment technology in the seed market, supported by best-in-industry expertise and the Global Seedcare Institute Network.

PICARBUTRAZOX is an active ingredient that brings innovation for control of Pythium diseases and adds a novel mode of action to leading Syngenta Seedcare portfolio.

Under its Seedcare program, Syngenta combines a range of fungicides, insecticides, nematicides and stress management to offer a comprehensive portfolio and convenient premix solutions.

It works by maximizing the genetic potential of seeds and helps in controlling Pythium damping off and seedling blight diseases.

With the new method that curbs Pythium, farmers will be able to effectively protect the soil, reduce costs and realise higher yields by adopting reduced or no-tillage cropping systems.

“We are proud that Nippon Soda has partnered with Syngenta Seedcare to bring this exciting technology to the seed industry and farmers globally.

PICARBUTRAZOX, with its novel mode of action will strengthen Syngenta’s leading Pythium control portfolio Mefenoxam and Azoxystrobin Technology in corn, soybeans, canola, oilseed rape, cereals and other crops,” said Ioana Tudor, Global Head of Syngenta Seedcare.

First commercial launch of the new seed treatment technology was expected in the United States and Canada in 2019.

To meet growing need for innovative seed treatment research, Syngenta has concentrated on developing customized seed treatment recipes and at its Seedcare Institute by delivering innovation and training to customers.

Syngenta opened a new North America Seedcare Institute to feature the most sophisticated laboratories in the agricultural sectors.

The company announce the purchase of Nidera Seeds from COFCO International in a way to strengthen Seeds offer in the key Brazilian and Argentinian markets.

Their commitment to bringing customers new technology was evident in the successful launch of ELATUS in France, Germany and the UK and of FORTENZA seed care for insect control in corn and soy in Latin America.