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Posted 21 May 2007. PMN Crop News.


EPA Approves New Formulation of Scholar Fungicide


Syngenta Crop Protection. www.syngentacropprotection-us.com


Greensboro, North Carolina (May 7, 2007)— Syngenta announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Scholar® SC postharvest fungicide for use in pome fruit, stone fruit, kiwis and yams. The new liquid formulation will be easier to mix and measure and will stay in suspension longer.

 

“Scholar SC will be even more convenient for packers to use and is just as effective against postharvest decay as its previous formulation,” said Kelly Still, Syngenta postharvest marketing manager. “In particular, Scholar SC is easier to mix and handle in pre-storage drench applications.”

Scholar effectively protects produce from disease after harvest, while offering a reduced-risk* profile and unique mode of action to help manage fungicide resistance. It is a non-systemic fungicide that contains the active ingredient fludioxonil, and provides excellent protective and contact activity to extend produce shelf life.

“Syngenta prides itself on standing behind its products. And the company is constantly working to refine its offerings to give customers the best possible user experience and efficacy,” said Still.

State registrations for Scholar SC are pending in California and New York.

For more information about Scholar and other Syngenta postharvest products, please visit www.postharvestuniversity.com. 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 around 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 www.syngenta.com.

* A reduced-risk pesticide is defined as one which “may reasonably be expected to accomplish one or more of the following:” (1) reduces pesticide risks to human health; (2) reduces pesticide risks to non-target organisms; (3) reduces the potential for contamination of valued, environmental resources, or (4) broadens adoption of IPM or makes it more effective. Fludioxonil, the active ingredient in Scholar, is designated a Reduced Risk pesticide because it meets criteria 1 and 2.”


Contact:
Nathalee Stirling
Gibbs & Soell, Inc.
415-362-9930
nstirling@gibbs-soell.com

Mary DeMers
Syngenta Crop Protection
336-632-2156
mary.demers@syngenta.com