Zeon Technology Enhances Insecticide's Performance

Endigo ZC insecticide used this encapsulation technology to protect the product’s active ingredient and to improve coverage on a plant’s surface.

Endigo® ZC insecticide contains an active ingredient, lambda-cyhalothrin, which is widely available as a generic. So why would a grower looking for foliar insect control choose to buy the Syngenta-branded product?

“Endigo ZC is a premix that can’t be replicated by generics,” says John Koenig, insecticide technical product lead at Syngenta. “No one else has Zeon Technology.”

Zeon® Technology encapsulation, a Syngenta proprietary formulation technology, protects the active ingredient for a prolonged period and allows it to adhere to the plant surface better than its generic counterpart. When paired with the second active ingredient, thiamethoxam, Endigo ZC provides exceptional protection against a broad spectrum of insect pests.

Thiamethoxam is not available as a generic, but it does have a nonbranded competitor in the marketplace. In trials, thiamethoxam penetrates the leaf within 72 hours, much more quickly than its competition. Add it all up and Endigo ZC can’t be beaten, Koenig says.

“Endigo ZC is a premix that can’t be replicated by generics. No one else has Zeon Technology.”

John Koenig
But you don’t have to take a Syngenta employee’s word for it. Over the past couple of years, soybean aphids in southern Minnesota have demonstrated resistance to two pyrethroids, lambda-cyhalothrin and bifenthrin. At University of Minnesota trials, Endigo ZC has outperformed its generic counterparts against these resistant soybean aphids.*

“Endigo ZC is the real deal,” Koenig says. “Generics can’t touch it.”

*University of Minnesota, Extension, “Foliar-applied insecticide control of the soybean aphid.”