June 13, 2017

Dow AgroSciences to launch long-awaited cereal fungicide solution with Inatreq™ active

Dow AgroSciences are well known for producing innovative broadleaf weed control products in the cereals and OSR market, such as Arylex™ active. However, soon a game changing fungicide will be added to Dow AgroSciences’portfolio, with the introduction of Inatreq™ active.  

The anticipated launch of Inatreq™ active, a new cereal fungicide, is approaching. Dow AgroSciences is proud to announce that this new molecule will be the first in over a decade to introduce a unique chemistry with biochemical mode of action at a new target site for the long-term control of key diseases in cereals. Inatreq provides a real solution for Septoria tritici resistance management in wheat, allowing Dow AgroSciences to meet the growing needs of European farmers.

The new active is derived from a natural compound produced by fermentation and possesses a favourable toxicological profile. Through extensive field trials, Inatreq has consistently demonstrated outstanding performance on Septoria, and a broad spectrum of activity on rusts and other key cereal diseases.

Inatreq will be an innovative and effective tool in helping farmers who face increased resistance threats from Septoria with existing technologies. As the first member of a new class of cereal fungicides called picolinamides, Inatreq inhibits fungal respiration in the mitochondria at the Qi ubiquinone binding site in complex III which is a new target site and differs from all other cereal fungicides. Most importantly, Inatreq shows no cross-resistance to any of the existing cereal fungicide chemistries, including triazoles, strobilurins or SDHIs and so will be an essential new tool in the armoury of cereal growers for controlling diseases. The introduction of Inatreq is the first step for Dow AgroSciences in building a robust long-term fungicide program and will help enable farmers to see improvements in their yield and crop quality. It will be recommended for use in mixtures with other fungicides as part of a robust resistance management strategy.

“Dow AgroSciences is excited to make an entrance into the European cereals market with such a strong product. Our ambition is to become a trusted partner within this space. We are committed to bring a truly novel solution to growers which provides a different biochemical mode of action from all other existing technologies. We believe that Inatreq will provide growers the much needed solution to cereal disease problems,” says David Hindes, Dow AgroSciences’ Global Business Leader for Fungicides.

Inatreq is the result of more than a decade of research by Dow AgroSciences that focused on providing new solutions to a number of challenges experienced by farmers around the world, including Septoria control in wheat.  As growers’ choices become increasingly limited due to ever-growing regulatory and resistance challenges, Dow AgroSciences anticipates accessing the European market at just the right time.  

The company submitted its EU registration dossier for review in December 2014 and expects active substance approval in 2018 for first use by cereal farmers in 2019-2020.