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New Fungicide Being Developed for Cereals

21 April 2010

UK - Chemical company BASF is developing a new carboxamide fungicide for cereals, set to be launched in 2012.

The Xemium range is based around the active ingredient fluxapyroxad and is being produced in co-formulations with several existing ingredients in the BASF portfolio, Farmers Weekly reported.

"It is very broad spectrum. Other than fusarium it gives control of everything," commented Peter Hughes, BASF cereals fungicide product manager.

Barley disease control with Xemium is also particularly strong, tests have revealed.

It is hoped the fungicide will be available as an oil dispersion formulation from next season as this allows it to coat the leaf surface and provide better protectant activity and rainfastness.

BASF is also improving the formulation of its existing carboxamide fungicide Tracker, which should be used with care to avoid spray drift on to neighbouring crops as it can cause damage to broad-leaved plant species.

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