Nov 21, 2018
BASF creates a new world of chemistry with new mode of action insecticide

{Sponsored} Growers have a new chemistry on their side in the fight against piercing-sucking insect pests with BASF’s novel mode of action insecticide active ingredient, InscalisⓇ insecticide. Targeting aphids, Asian citrus psyllids and whiteflies, Inscalis insecticide can be a helpful tool in specific specialty crops such as leafy and fruiting vegetables, citrus, pome and stone fruit, brassica and cucurbits.

Pears“Insect pests like the Asian citrus psyllid, aphids and whiteflies have caused a tremendous amount of damage across crops,” said Dr. Kevin Caffrey, Ph.D., BASF Technical Service Representative. “Inscalis insecticide will protect against diseases vectored by these pests by stopping the damage sooner.”

Inscalis insecticide, as the active ingredient, will power both Versys™ InscalisⓇ insecticide and Sefina™ InscalisⓇ insecticide for specialty growers and will be available for a broad range of crops and crop groups. Versys Inscalis insecticide is labeled for use on brassica, leafy vegetables, leaf petiole, pome and stone fruit, and will target aphids. Sefina Inscalis insecticide, labeled for use on citrus, cucurbits and fruiting vegetables, targets the Asian citrus psyllid, aphids and whiteflies.

These products are a translaminar chemistry, meaning the formulation works by moving through the leaf to control pests that may be living on the underside of leaves. Once an insect comes in contact with Inscalis insecticide, the chemistry quickly attacks the insect’s sensory organs, preventing them from feeding in as fast as a few minutes. Stopping feeding faster is imperative as a disease can be vectored in as little as 30 minutes.

As a micro-emulsion, Inscalis insecticide mixes and sprays much like an emulsifiable concentrate (EC), but without the odor or volatile organic compound problems of an EC. And with low toxicity, the chemistry is environmentally friendly and sensitive, making it benign to beneficial insects and pollinators such as bees. This low toxicity also helps ensure that Inscalis insecticide is not a restricted use product, meaning growers can utilize products without having certain additional restrictions.

As with other chemistries, rotation is still important to keep in mind. Growers need to continue to follow a good integrated pest management strategy, monitor nutrients and keep up with other practices. “As a new class of chemical, Inscalis insecticide fits into a system of total pest management,” Dr. Caffrey said.

“While we have other insecticide and miticide products, BASF historically hasn’t been a huge player in the insecticide market. But after seeing the need for a new chemistry to target specific piercing-sucking insects, we developed Inscalis insecticide. This new mode of action and its specific products are our big step into the market. We’re incredibly excited for this new chapter in insect control,” Dr. Caffrey said.

The application method will depend upon the crop, so growers should always read labels and consult with their representative for correct application information. Always read and follow label directions. Inscalis is a registered trademark of BASF. Versys and Sefina are trademarks of BASF.

© 2018 BASF Corporation


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