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Posted 17 March 2008. PMN Crop News.

Inspire SB Fungicide Receives Federal Registration for Sugarbeets

New fungicide to control Cercospora leaf spot and powdery mildew

Syngenta Crop Protection.

Greensboro, North Carolina (March 11, 2008)--Syngenta Crop Protection today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Inspire™ SB fungicide for use on sugarbeets to control Cercospora leaf spot and powdery mildew. Inspire SB, an Inspire™ brand product, contains the active ingredient difenoconazole and provides preventive and curative activity on sugarbeets. State registrations or specific crop and/or pest uses may still be pending in certain states. Check with your state regulatory agency to determine registration status.


“Inspire SB, containing difenoconazole, shows real promise for sugarbeet growers. It offers long-lasting disease protection and is an excellent rotational partner," said David Laird, fungicide brand manager for Syngenta.

Inspire SB will offer flexible application methods, low use rates, superior rainfastness and translaminar movement to provide superior control of Cercospora leaf spot and powdery mildew in sugarbeets.

“Difenoconazole, used extensively for more than two decades in 96 countries, is one of the most powerful triazole fungicides available,” said Laird. “It offers efficacy at low use rates, promoting crop safety. Inspire SB brings years of proven performance to sugarbeet growers in the United States.”

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 2007 were approximately $9.2 billion. Syngenta employs over 21,000 people in more than 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at

Always read and follow label instructions before buying or using these products.

Inspire™, Inspire™ SB, Quadris®, Quadris Opti® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.

Inspire and Inspire SB are not currently registered for use or sale in all states. Please check with your state or local extension service prior to buying or using these products.

Mary DeMers
Syngenta Crop Protection