Bacteria, viruses and fungi may be part of nature, but that doesn’t make them welcome. They can make us sick – and what’s true for people is true for plants too. Our fungicides protect plants from disease so they can deliver the best possible yields for farmers.
Leave a crop untreated, and you’ll see losses straight away. A global study showed that if farmers stopped using fungicides they’d need around ten per cent more land to achieve the same yields of wheat, rye, barley, oilseed rape, sugar beet and potatoes.
But where’s that land going to come from? All over the world, land is getting scarce. Farmers can’t just buy up a few extra acres to make up for lost yields. In today’s world, there’s no getting round it: most farmers need fungicides.
These are the products that we have developed hand-in-hand with farmers to increase yields. (Incidentally: we also market biological fungicides whose antifungal action is based on selected microorganisms in many countries.)
Today, biological fungicides are part of crop protection practices worldwide. They give farmers a new effective option, allowing them to vary their pest control measures and prevent the potential development of resistance. These products comply with the tenets of integrated pest management. They can be applied multiple times and even shortly before the harvest. As such, biologicals are an important tool in sustainable agriculture.