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Posted 11 April 2007. PMN Crop News.

Scholar and Graduate Receive MRLs for Canadian Export

Syngenta Crop Protection.

Greensboro, North Carolina (March 29, 2007)--Syngenta announced today that Scholar® and Graduate® postharvest fungicides have been granted maximum residue levels (MRLs) in Canada. This will allow stone, pome, pomegranate, kiwi, yam, and citrus fruit packers to treat fruit destined for Canada, one of the top importers of American fruit, with Scholar or Graduate to prevent postharvest decay.


“Packers who export to Canada now can use another tool to protect fruit that is going to one of their biggest customers,” said Kelly Still, postharvest marketing manager for Syngenta Crop Protection, which manufactures Scholar and Graduate. “Until now, postharvest fungicide choices were limited because resistance has developed to many of the older chemistries.”

Both Scholar and Graduate effectively protect produce from disease after harvest, while offering a reduced-risk* profile and unique mode of action to help manage fungicide resistance. They are non-systemic fungicides, and provide excellent protective and contact activity to extend produce shelf life.

The newly established MRLs in Canada are equal to the USA MRLs for stone, pome fruit, pomegranate, kiwi, yam, and citrus. Scholar is registered for pome and stone fruit crops, and Graduate is labeled for all citrus crops.

“This is really great news for packers,” added Still. “Especially if you are putting fruit into storage, you want to use a decay-prevention product that you know your main export markets will accept.”

For more a complete listing of MRLs for fludioxonil and more information about Scholar and Graduate, please visit

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2006 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs some 19,500 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at

Mary DeMers
Syngenta Crop Protection