Potato growers win permission to use ametoctradin

Potato growers can now use a new class of chemistry on their potatoes after BASF gained approval for two new blight fungicides - Resplend and Decabane. They contain the new active ingredient ametoctradin - a protective fungicide preventing late blight on potatoes.

BASF Potato product manager Rob Storer said: "Ametoctradin prevents disease by inhibiting the infectious stages of the pathogen, through preventing zoospore formation, release and motility and through direct effects on the germination of sporangia. It will play a useful role in preventing both foliar and tuber blight."

The two new approved products, to be test marketed in the UK this year, consist of co-formulations with two other blight fungicides.

Resplend contains 300g/litre ametoctradin and 225g/litre dim- ethomorph and is formulated as a suspension concentrate.

Decabane contains 80g/kg ametoctradin and 480g/kg mancozeb formulated as a water dispersible granule.


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