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Posted 20 March 2003. PMN Crop News.

EPA Registers Scholar™ Fungicide for
Post-Harvest Application on Stone Fruit

Syngenta Crop Protection.

Greensboro, NC (March 19, 2003) - Scholar™, a broad-spectrum fungicide from Syngenta Crop Protection, has received a federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for post-harvest application on stone fruit including peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes, apricots, and cherries. Stone fruit growers and packers faced with common disease problems such as brown rot, gray mold, and Rhizopus rot now have a convenient and effective new chemistry to help fruit stay disease-free after harvest.

This federal label allows Scholar use in the major stone fruit-growing areas but check local labels for specific states.

Scholar is a non-systemic fungicide based on the active ingredient, fludioxonil. It provides excellent protective and contact activity, extending fruit shelf life so packing houses can protect their investment and ensure quality fruit processing.

Scholar is packaged in five convenient 8-ounce bags per carton. One bag treats 200,000 pounds of fruit (25,000 pounds of cherries). It is available as a 50WP (wettable powder) formulation that dissolves easily in water. And it is compatible with and can be applied with paraffinic and vegetable waxes using T-Jet, controlled droplet, or similar application systems.

The EPA has designated Scholar a reduced-risk pesticide, meaning it does not need special handling and has a favorable environmental profile. Growers and packers should refer to the Scholar label for more detailed information about application timing, uses, and rates.

Syngenta also provides Abound® fungicide, Mycoshield® bactericide, Orbit™ fungicide, Vangard® WG fungicide, Touchdown™ herbicide, Gramoxone Max™ herbicide, Solicam™ herbicide, and Princep™ herbicide to the stone fruit industry.