Syngenta's Scientific Reason Why Thiamethoxam Works

Published online: Dec 12, 2006
Greensboro, N.C--Research Confirms Science behind Thiamethoxam Vigor Effect Found in Cruiser Insecticide Brands. After more than 10 years of research in the United States, Canada, Europe and Brazil, Syngenta Crop Protection announced the scientific reason why thiamethoxam, the active ingredient in Cruiser seed treatment insecticide, offers growers more robust and vigorous plants. The increased vigor is evidenced by faster emergence, greater plant stands, earlier canopy and increased root mass. In most cases, the increased vigor results in higher yields for the majority of crops even in situations where there is no visible insect attack. Patents relating to a method for producing increased vigor have been granted in the United States and in 18 other countries. Additional patents are being pursued. In addition to the 10 years of research performed by Syngenta, three years of independent laboratory and greenhouse tests have been conducted by the University of Berlin in Germany and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The extensive testing concludes the mechanism behind the positive effects of thiamethoxam is its ability to increase the production of plant specific proteins. This increase in functional protein biosynthesis results in a plant with remarkably stronger stress defense capabilities. Plants treated with thiamethoxam have improved ability to deal with adverse environmental conditions such as water deficiency, heat shock, pests and elevated salt levels. "This new research supports what growers across the globe have been experiencing for years," stated David Lawrence, Head of Research and Technology at Syngenta, "that thiamethoxam produces a more vigorous, higher-yielding crop even when there is extremely minimal insect pressure." Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2005 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs some 19,000 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at