Syngenta Launches Biological Nematicide for the Entire Sugarcane Cycle in Brazil

After the development and dozens of experimental tests carried out in sugarcane fields in various regions of Brazil, Syngenta launched the microbiological bionematicide CERTANO. The new technology is the company’s first biological aimed at sugarcane cultivation and arrives with effect: bionematicide, biofungicide and growth-promoting action that offers consistent control with immediate and prolonged effect.

Aimed at the entire sugarcane crop cycle, the product promotes effective control of different genera of entomopathogenic nematodes present in sugarcane fields, which considerably impact the productivity of the entire sugarcane crop.

The official launch of CERTANO took place during a recent event aimed at researchers, sugarcane growers and representatives of sugar-energy plants, held in Ribeirão Preto (SP). In total, there were more than 200 participants.

For Leandro Bessa, Product Portfolio Director at Syngenta, the new feature will enable greater practicality of use at all times of the year, combining physical and chemical compatibility in association with other products.

“This launch is a materialization of our efforts. It is a unique moment that marks Syngenta’s entry into the biological segment for sugarcane cultivation, with an efficient innovation for a management system that promotes sustainability and productivity,”  highlighted Leandro Bessa, Product Portfolio Director at Syngenta Crop Protection.

The new bionematicide is based on Bacillus velezensis , a microorganism with multiple functions to combat a wide spectrum of nematodes and diseases that routinely attack sugarcane crops. Its “three in one” activity provides a prolonged and immediate effect, as explained by professor and researcher Fernando Godinho, from the Federal Institute of Goiano. “We have an action that occurs through metabolites, which act mainly on nematode eggs and juveniles, as well as on the germination of fungal spores. Therefore, we consider it both a bionematicide and a biofungicide. Furthermore, it has a great growth-promoting effect,” explains Godinho.

Another important point highlighted by the researcher is that Bacillus velezensis induces phytohormone pathways, promoting better rooting and vegetative development of the sugarcane field. According to Godinho, a series of fungal diseases, in addition to nematodes, attack sugarcane, and many of them are being studied by Syngenta. This action aims to reduce losses to Brazilian crops.

“In recent years, studies carried out in conjunction with the Brazilian Society of Nematology on nematodes have recorded data on losses of up to 16% caused by these pests per harvest, in addition to a reduction in the longevity of the crop,” highlighted Godinho.

During the event, Renato Pirola, Marketing Manager at Syngenta, also presented technical studies that point to the possibility of accumulated losses of up to R$143 billion, if these pests are neglected over the next ten years in Brazil.

“Imagine this accumulated damage if nematodes are not controlled correctly? We are talking about a significant financial impact with a reduction in the longevity of the sugarcane field, if this management is neglected. Therefore, Syngenta presents the concept of managing the hidden enemy, which corresponds to different important fronts of control, such as: innovation in chemical and biological products, diversified management strategies and digital technologies to assist the farmer,” explained Pirola.

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