Developing an effective crop protection active ingredient is only half the battle; the other half is making sure the active ingredient reaches its target.
It’s all a question of the right formulation
How does it work?
It's not enough to know good ingredients. You also need to know how to get them working in crops. The active ingredient then needs to make its way inside the pest before it’s washed off, degraded by the environment or loses its biological activity. It also needs to target only the crop pest, rather than beneficial organisms such as bees or the crop itself. This is where a good formulation comes into play.
With innovative formulation technologies, we can increase the efficiency and safety of our products enormously. Such technologies can enhance the active ingredient’s solubility in water, assist it in covering the crop evenly, and ensure it soaks quickly into leaves or sticks to the cuticles of insect pests. All of which helps to ensure that the active ingredient is able to make its way inside the crop pest, reach its biological target and do what it was designed to do.
Our scientists are continually trying to improve existing formulation technologies and develop new technologies that further enhance the effectiveness of our crop protection products. These novel formulation technologies include polymer encapsulation, which helps both to protect the active ingredient from the environment and ensure that it is released at the best time.