Syngenta releases VICTRATO to reduce grower losses by $150 billion a year

VICTRATO offers a seed treatment that targets damaging nematodes and diseases in many crops

VICTRATO® is a new seed treatment developed to target nematodes and key soil borne fungal diseases while being declared safe for beneficial insects, pollinators, and soil microbiome, enabling no-tillage and conservation tillage practices by protecting roots

Syngenta Crop Protection’s Seedcare business has unveiled VICTRATO®, a seed treatment technology with a combination of nematode and disease control for growers looking to increase the quality and yield of their crops.

VICTRATO® contains TYMIRIUM® technology, and as such is expected to provide long-lasting protection against all plant parasitic nematodes and key fungal diseases across major crops, including soybeans, corn, cereals, cotton, and rice.

Nematodes – a parasitic species that feeds from the root or the plant, to deplete it of 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 annum equating to an estimated loss of $150 billion every year for growers.

One of the biggest challenges growers face in managing crop-damaging nematodes, is the invisible nature of the problem.

Syngenta Seedcare claims unique screening capabilities and innovative mapping systems that detect the presence of nematodes in key markets, including Brazil, the US, China and throughout APAC.

This work, in combination with VICTRATO®, helps growers identify and address nematode problems to deliver productivity improvements.

VICTRATO® also claims to enable plants to optimise water and nutrient uptake while increasing stress tolerance and yield, with the aim to deliver a greater return on investment for growers.

By protecting the roots, VICTRATO® plays a critical part in enabling no-tillage and conservation-tillage practices and helps preserve biodiversity by not harming beneficial insects, pollinators and microflora.

This favorable sustainability profile provides growers with the option to replace older technologies.

Jonathan Brown, Global Head of Syngenta Seedcare, said, “We are excited to be adding VICTRATO® to our broad portfolio. Syngenta Seedcare was the first to develop a current nematode seed treatment, with AVICTA®, and now with this new product we are taking our efforts to combat nematodes to the next level.

“VICTRATO® has an easy-to-use formulation that provides consistent performance without adverse effects to crop or soil health, giving farmers the freedom to maximize their yields without having to compromise on sustainability,” Jonathan Brown added.

Camilla Corsi, Global Head of Syngenta Crop Protection Research, said, “We are investing significantly in soil health at Syngenta Crop Protection and the development of VICTRATO® is a major step forward in this space and the result of our focused seed treatment research program. “Our unique capability to design and screen pipeline leads for nematode control, enables us to develop products that address key crop issues while delivering safe and convenient solutions for farmers,” Camilla Corsi concluded.

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.