Edition 25, 2013
Crop Protection: Effective Pest Control

Spotlight on Sucking Insects

  • Crop protection scientists: agricultural biologist Dr. Matthias Haas examines the effect of the new insecticide on pests attacking young vegetable plants at Bayer CropScience’s greenhouse in Monheim.
  • Once aphids have discovered a new food source, they breed rapidly.
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Crop protection scientists: agricultural biologist Dr. Matthias Haas examines the effect of the new insecticide on pests attacking young vegetable plants at Bayer CropScience’s greenhouse in Monheim.

Effectively controlling insect pests without damaging most beneficial organisms: this is the tricky balancing act which Bayer CropScience’s researchers have pulled off to a high standard with their new insecticide SivantoTM. The product is based on previously developed chemicals and a natural active substance. The first licences are expected to be granted in 2015. The substance is also effective on pests that are already resistant to conventional insecticides.

Read on to discover how the idea came about and how it became a product: