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Torrent fungicide granted approval in Canada


May 4, 2012
By Press release

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May 4, 2012, Guelph, Ont – Engage Agro Corp. recently announced that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has approved Torrent fungicide for use in Canada.

The product is approved for the control of late blight in potatoes, downey mildew in cucurbits and cavity spot in carrots. Additional crops and pests may be added in the future.

Torrent is active in all stages of the disease life cycle. It provides protection against diseases caused by oomycetes, especially infection by pathogens of the genera of Phytophthora, Pythium and Pseudoperonspora. The product is a contact fungicide and belongs to the FRAC Group 21.

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“Torrent is a particularly important to growers because it offers them another weapon to combat the increasing threat of pest resistance,” said Engage Agro’s product manager Bob Hamilton. “We look forward to working with ISK Biosciences to bring Torrent to Canada and expand the Torrent label for additional uses in the future.”

The active ingredient in Torrent is Cyazofamid, which inhibits mitochondrial respiration. While Torrent is not systemic, it does provide some translaminar movement though the plant tissue. It is available in a suspension concentrate formula.