In the Vanguard of Vegetable Crop Protection

Continuous innovation is the key to meeting the many challenges that vegetable growers face.
In the Vanguard of Vegetable Crop Protection
Kim Edlebeck, a Syngenta research technician at the Vero Beach Research Center, inoculates lettuce plants with spores of downy mildew as part of her team’s fungicide testing.
Vegetable growers across the country depend on crop protection products to help keep their crops healthy and pest free. But before these tools can reach the farm, extensive testing takes place in the lab, greenhouse and field.
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The Syngenta Vero Beach Research Center (VBRC) in Florida is a unique facility with year-round field trials. Scientists at the 240-acre facility generate multiple sets of field data per year.

“We’re constantly working on new technologies and active ingredients to bring to growers,” says Neil Glynn, Ph.D., VBRC’s senior group leader for disease control. “At VBRC, we try out new active ingredients and look at new combinations to better overcome challenges.”

We’re constantly working on new technologies and active ingredients to bring to growers.

Neil Glynn, Ph.D.
Senior Group Leader for Disease Control
Vero Beach Research Center
Miravis® Prime fungicide, now a valuable tool in growers’ toolboxes, garnered a lot of excitement at VBRC prior to its 2018 registration, Glynn says. Available for use on grapes, potatoes, leafy vegetables, cucurbits, strawberries and fruiting vegetables, Miravis Prime with Adepidyn® technology offers powerful preventive and curative activity on difficult-to-control diseases.

Today, one of the most interesting challenges for Glynn’s team is finding new uses and combinations of existing products.

“Scientists on our team have been revisiting Actigard® 50 WG fungicide lately as a product with a strong track record that we think could be revamped in the vegetables marketplace,” Glynn says.

Activating the natural defense systems in several crops, including tomatoes, Actigard 50 WG helps the plant protect itself against attacks from diseases. It’s highly effective at low-use rates and is an excellent fit in integrated pest management programs. In addition to its activity as a stand-alone compound, Actigard 50 WG can have synergistic effects when combined with traditional fungicides, such as Miravis Prime and Orondis®. These combinations can lead to enhanced intrinsic activity and longer residual disease control.

“We’re hoping to help growers find new value in an established product,” Glynn says. “Added value for growers means increased economic sustainability; and in our world, that’s very exciting.”