Syngenta Crop Protection’s Seedcare has announced Victrato, a novel technology combining nematode and disease control for growers looking to increase the quality and yield of their crops and support the long-term health of their soil.
Victrato contains the company's Tymirium technology, which provides long-lasting protection against plant parasitic nematodes and key fungal diseases across major crops, including soybeans, corn, cereals, cotton, and rice. Nematodes – parasitic worms that feed from the root of the plant, depleting nutrients – are present in almost all agricultural soils, attacking crops and opening a path to further fungal infection. They can have a devastating impact, with yield losses of up to 12% globally per year, equating to an estimated loss of $150 billion every year for farmers.
One of the biggest challenges farmers face in managing crop-damaging nematodes, is the invisible nature of the problem. Syngenta Seedcare's screen and mapping can detect the presence of nematodes in key markets, including Brazil, the US, China and throughout APAC. This work, in combination with Victrato, aims to help farmers identify and address nematode problems to deliver productivity improvements.
Victrato enables plants to optimize water and nutrient uptake while increasing stress tolerance and yield, delivering a greater return on investment for the farmer. Victrato is designed to protect roots and is designed to enable no-tillage and conservation-tillage practices and preserve biodiversity by not harming beneficial insects, pollinators and microflora.
Victrato will be launched this week at the ISF World Seed Congress in Barcelona. It is registered in El Salvador, with registration expected in Argentina in 2022 and additional registrations across a broad range of crops expected globally over the next five years.