British Potato 09: New blight fungicide in development

BASF is developing a new potato blight fungicide, which it hopes will receive registration in the next two years.

The active ingredient, ametoctradin, was from a new chemical group, the pyrimidylamines, the firm’s Robert Storer said. “It is an oomycete specialist, which means it control late blight and downy mildews in a variety of crops.”

Initium, the trade name for the active ingredient, was being developed in combination with other active ingredients for use against potato late blight, he confirmed. “In trials it has performed on a par with standards such as Infinito, Ranman and Revus.”

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