Aphids, psyllids and whiteflies are well-known menaces to many farmers. These piercing-sucking insects can cause costly damage to a field, meaning stopping them in their tracks early is essential. To help manage these insect pests, BASF developed Inscalis insecticide to assist farmers. This mode of action will power two products: Sefina™ Inscalis insecticide and Versys™ Inscalis insecticide.
Both Sefina Inscalis and Versys Inscalis insecticides are a foliar-applied chemistry that will provide a unique mode of action for the control of Asian citrus psyllids, aphids and whiteflies in specific specialty and row crops. These products will rapidly stop piercing-sucking insects in their tracks by disrupting their chordotonal organs, which control an insect’s sensory responses including hearing, orientation and balance. By attacking these organs, Sefina Inscalis and Versys Inscalis insecticides can stop the pests from feeding and reduce the spread of pathogens.
“Insect pests like the Asian citrus psyllid, aphids and whiteflies have caused a tremendous amount of damage across crops,” said Dr. Kevin Caffrey, Ph.D., BASF Technical Service Representative. “Inscalis insecticide will protect against diseases vectored by these pests by stopping the damage sooner.”
The Inscalis insecticide formulation
The novel mode of action powering these products is a translaminar chemistry, moving through the leaf to control target pests that may be living on the underside of leaves. This chemistry has also shown movement within the plant toward the tips of leaves as leaf tissue expands during plant growth.
Sefina Inscalis and Versys Inscalis insecticides will exhibit low toxicity to non-target organisms, such as bees and other beneficial insects, allowing farmers to have a more flexible application timing. As insecticides with a strong residual profile, Sefina Inscalis and Versys Inscalis insecticides can be easily integrated into current insect control programs.
Farmers can learn more about Inscalis insecticide, Sefina Inscalis insecticide and Versys Inscalis insecticide by contacting their local BASF representative.
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Inscalis is a registered trademark, and Sefina and Versys are trademarks of BASF. Inscalis is registered with the EPA but is not available for use in California. © 2018 BASF Corporation. All rights reserved.