New DuPont™ Fontelis® Fungicide Receives EPA Approval

New active ingredient gives growers flexibility to deal with the unexpected

WILMINGTON, Del., March 12, 2012 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration approval for DuPontFontelis® fungicide. Fontelis® will give growers superior protection from fungal diseases and excellent crop safety with increased application flexibility. Fruit, vegetable, peanut and other specialty crop growers now have a new tool to help them produce higher yields with enhanced quality, despite soil-borne and foliar disease threats.

“Fontelis allows growers to improve both the quantity and the quality of crops such as apples, pears, stone fruit, vegetables and peanuts, when faced with a wide range of economically impactful diseases and unexpected challenges,” said John Chrosniak, regional director, North America, DuPont Crop Protection. “This new fungicide is another example of how DuPont Crop Protection is using market-driven science to help provide nutritious, bountiful food to help feed the growing global population.”

Fontelis fungicide delivers broader-spectrum coverage for fast-acting and long-lasting protection that’s preventive and curative. Effective at low use rates, growers are given the option to use a labeled rate that best fits their target crop and disease concerns.

By offering a new active ingredient, DuPont Fontelis delivers strong, reliable control of difficult diseases such as Botrytis, powdery mildew, leaf spot and Rhizoctonia. Research has shown that Fontelis helps reduce disease incidence, and as a result, increases yields and provides higher-quality produce, compared to other fungicide programs.

  • In strawberries, Fontelisdemonstrated an average of at least a 210-pounds-per-plot yield advantage during California field trials, when compared to the leading fungicide program for Botrytis.1
  • In Ginger Gold apples, Fontelis controlled nearly 97 percent of powdery mildew disease during field trials in the Yakima Valley of Washington, when compared to the leading fungicide program.2
  • In peanuts, Fontelisdemonstrated an average of 244-pounds-per-acre yield advantage during Georgia field trials, when compared to the leading fungicide program for white mold and late leaf spot.3

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1Results from 2008-2010 Fresno, Calif., field testing trials; data averaged across trials on efficacy of powdery mildew and botrytis.

2Results from 2010 Zillah, Wash., field testing trials; data averaged across trials on efficacy of powdery mildew with heavy disease pressure.

3Results from 2005-2010 Georgia and Alabama field testing trials; data averaged across trials on efficacy of late leaf rot and stem rot.  White mold is the common name for Sclerotium rolfsii and southern stem blight.

DuPont Fontelis fungicide may not be registered for sale or use in all states. No offer for sale or use of these products is permitted prior to issuance of the required EPA and state registrations.

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