A plant has two transport systems: the xylem (blue) transports water and salts and the phloem (red) supplies all parts of the plant with nutrients, starting from the leaves. Movento® can penetrate both systems and therefore spreads through the entire plant, from the tips of the leaves to the roots. This allows the substance to reach even relatively inaccessible plant parts such as inside young shoots or deep in the root system. Sucking insects such as aphids tap into the phloem and take up the insecticidal active ingredient.
A product is just a step in a journey. There’s always a better one waiting around the corner. Diseases can quickly become resistant to treatments – so the pressure is always on to find the substances that will stop that happening. The most exciting breakthroughs happen when we harness nature’s own processes – as with Movento™, for example, which uses sap to distribute the active substance throughout the plant. Bad news for pests wherever they live and feed on it.
Other big stories from our labs include the long-lasting herbicide Alion™, which controls weeds in perennial crops, such as citrus fruits, nuts, grapes, pome fruits and stone fruits. And the fungicide Luna™, which controls a large number of fungal diseases in the field and prevents rotting processes during storage.
Another area to watch: finding pest management answers based on biological active ingredients contributing to sustainable agriculture. These include our Votivo™ product lines for seed treatment and also Natria™, a spray product containing the natural active substance from the neem tree that controls sucking and chewing insect pests.