Adama revolutionising the nematicides market

A breakthrough in nematode control

An innovative approach to product development is evident in the new standards being set by Adama.

Recent additions to Adama’s global product portfolio include a breakthrough in nematode control, a revolutionary fruit thinning concept and a superior potato blight control fungicide, highlighting the company’s commitment to finding effective solutions for farmers.

These latest developments are just the start of things to come, claims Danny Karmon, Adama’s global senior innovative product manager, who points out that there are plenty more in the company’s pipeline, using both new and existing active ingredients and often combining them with advanced formulation technology.

“By understanding the problems that growers are experiencing and working closely with them and their partners, we are able to come up with practical solutions, which help them to achieve better results in the field, without creating further complexity or adding to their costs,” he says.

Vegetable and fruit growers in America and Israel have already been able to benefit from the introduction of Nimitz, Adama’s novel non-fumigant nematicide based on fluensulfone, which is just completing its first full year of commercial use, he points out.

Offering improvements in efficacy, safety and ease of application, Nimitz is the first new nematicide to be developed in over twenty years. Its combination of operator and environmental safety with efficacy is something which has never been available in a nematicide before.

Containing a new active ingredient in a liquid formulation, Nimitz is simply sprayed onto the ground before being incorporated ahead of planting - in a similar fashion to a residual herbicide - or applied through drip irrigation equipment.

With no need for specialist application equipment, rigorous safety equipment or restrictive crop and harvest intervals, the product is changing the way that growers manage nematode populations.

“We started work on the active ingredient in 2006, after it showed tremendous potential as a replacement for carbamates and organophosphates,” continues Mr Karmon. “It has taken substantial investment and technical expertise to get it commercialised, but where it has already been approved for use, it is revolutionising the nematicides market.”

A contact product, Nimitz is intended for use in fields where nematode populations are causing crop damage and loss. As it is not a fumigant, it is distributed through the soil by water movement following rainfall or irrigation, without having a detrimental effect on non-target species.

As a result, the fluensulfone in Nimitz acts quickly, so that target nematodes are killed within 24-72 hours. This is in contrast to existing organophosphate and carbamate chemistry, which paralyses nematodes rather than killing them, allowing them to recover once the nematicide has moved through the soil profile.

“Initially, Nimitz has been registered for the control of root knot and lesion nematodes,” continues Mr Karmon. “But we know that other nematode species are susceptible, so we are confident that the product will find new markets and uses across the world. It’s a really exciting development.”