BASF confirms new mode of action for Initium® fungicide for specialty crops
- Unique binding mechanism makes Initium fungicide the only fungicide in its class
- Ideal tool for resistance management
- Initium fungicide is the active ingredient in Zampro® fungicide
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC , April 10, 2014 – BASF researchers have confirmed the discovery of a unique mode of action for Initium®fungicide, a key component of Zampro® fungicide, currently available for sale in the U.S. The findings have shown that Initium fungicide inhibits fungal activity by binding to the stigmatellin subsite in the respiratory complex III of the fungus.
This means that Zampro fungicide is the first, and currently only, fungicide in this classification. Zampro fungicide is not cross-resistant with other commercial fungicides, making it an ideal tool for managing fungal resistance in specialty crops. The classification has been accepted by the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC).
“Zampro fungicide provides two modes of action, one of which is a completely unique class of control,” said Jennifer Holland, Ph.D., Product Manager, BASF. “The fungicide is a superior solution for vegetable growers seeking control of downy mildew and late blight.”
Zampro fungicide is a highly selective fungicide that reliably controls a range of downy mildews and late blights when used preventatively. Its rainfastness and ability to redistribute on growing leaves keep crops protected and healthy for longer, allowing them to develop to their full potential.
Zampro fungicide is the latest introduction in the BASF specialty fungicide portfolio. It’s joined by proven innovations including Pristine® fungicide and Merivon® fungicide.
- Pristine fungicide is the leading fungicide used in specialty crops for the control of a wide spectrum of diseases as well as increased plant and fruit health.
- Merivon fungicide is a powerful tool in the fight against fungi in pome and stone fruits such as apples, cherries and peaches, as well as almonds and strawberries.
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Merivon, Pristine and Zampro are registered trademarks of BASF.
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With sales of more than €5.2 billion in 2013, BASF’s Crop Protection division provides innovative solutions in crop protection, seed treatment and biological control as well as solutions to manage water, nutrients and plant stress. Its portfolio also includes products for turf and ornamental plants, pest control and public health. BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leading innovator that supports growers to optimize agricultural production, improve their business efficiency and enhance the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or through our social media channels .
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