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Syngenta has unveiled Spiropidion, an innovative new insect control technology that will help farmers protect their crops against harmful pests in an effective and environmentally sustainable manner

pexels artur roman 534612Spiropidion is the result of chemistry-driven innovation within a rare class of insecticides. (Image source: Artur Roman/Pexels)

Sucking pests, such as aphids, whiteflies and scales, devastate high-quality fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, oranges and melons, as well as important arable crops such as cotton and soya. Spiropidion is safe for natural beneficial insects and pollinators and offers farmers a new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tool.

Spiropidion is the result of chemistry-driven innovation within a rare class of insecticides that help crops from within, protect the entire plant body from the onslaught of damaging sucking pests, ensuring the quality of crops, yields and livelihoods of farmers.

“We are excited to offer farmers a new active ingredient that provides more targeted protection against some of the most difficult and damaging sucking pests. The best way I can describe this new innovation is that it’s kind to nature but hard on pests,” said Jon Parr, president Global Crop Protection at Syngenta.

“Spiropidion is another clear example of how we are accelerating investment to deliver plant health innovations that support farmers, across the world, to grow productively and sustainably.”

The first global registration of a formulated product containing Spiropidion was obtained in September 2020 in Guatemala, where the product will be marketed under the brand name ELESTAL Neo in the coming months. The planned launch of Spiropidion containing formulations also includes Paraguay and Pakistan in 2021 and Brazil in 2023 (pending registrations).

Regulatory submissions are expected in the European Union for 2022-2023. Future launches across a wide range of crops in more than 60 countries across all continents are expected over the next six years, with peak sales estimated at more than US$400mn.