November 07, 2012
BASF fungicides increase photosynthesis, maximizing yield potential
KANSAS CITY, MO, November 7, 2012 -- BASF today announced new research showcasing the Plant Health benefits of fungicides containing F500® fungicide and how they can help growers increase yield and profit potential. The research, which was conducted by BASF in the field and in greenhouse settings, shows that BASF fungicides increase net photosynthesis in corn and soybean plants, which increases energy production, leading to increased yield potential.
“Photosynthesis is the driving engine for energy production in plants,” said Jennifer Holland, Ph.D., Technical Market Specialist, BASF. “An increase in net photosynthesis means the plant has the ability to create more energy for use in the reproductive stages, which can lead to higher yield potential.”
The BASF Plant Health portfolio is built on the foundation of Headline® fungicide, which contains F500. Headline fungicide was the first fungicide on the market for disease control and Plant Health, and continues to pave the way for the latest fungicide innovations from BASF. There are three pillars of Plant Health, which outline the benefits of F500: disease control, growth efficiency and stress tolerance.
Many growers understand and believe in the importance of fungicide use for disease control, Holland explained. The growth efficiency benefit allows plants to better utilize nitrogen fertilizer and conduct photosynthesis more effectively. A fungicide containing F500 can also help a plant increase its tolerance to stressful conditions, including drought and extreme temperatures. Stress weakens a plant and lowers photosynthesis, leading to a decrease in yield potential. When combined, the outcome amounts to healthier plants, higher seed quality, stronger stalks and ultimately increased yield potential.
Recent BASF research shows added Plant Health benefits of fungicides containing F500 at the plant physiology level results in higher yield potential and increased profitability. In 2012, BASF conducted a greenhouse study on the Plant Health benefits of fungicides in varying water conditions. Using a similar methodology to the in-field trials, BASF measured net photosynthesis of plants under water-stressed conditions, as well as plants under normal water conditions. Both conditions compared the net photosynthesis of plants treated with a fungicide containing F500, as well as untreated plants.
The results were compelling. In the study, conducted under water-stressed conditions, plants treated with a fungicide containing F500 were nearly 30 percent more efficient at net photosynthesis than the untreated plants. The fungicide-treated plants were able to handle stress better than untreated plants, which can lead to higher yield potential.
In a 2011 in-field study conducted in Illinois, corn plants treated with a BASF fungicide containing F500 were more effective at net leaf photosynthesis compared to untreated plants. These trials show an increase in net photosynthesis of corn plants treated with BASF fungicide compared to untreated plants.
“The research trials indicate fungicides containing F500 helped water-stressed plants buffer against environmental stresses,” Holland said. “Water is still an important and necessary part of crop production; but the application of a fungicide containing F500 can provide net photosynthesis benefits to help a plant maximize its yield potential even in environmentally stressed conditions.”
BASF has conducted more fungicide research than any other company. This research has helped BASF develop the industry’s leading solutions for every crop.
For corn growers, Headline AMP® fungicide is a combination fungicide containing F500, and a unique, best-in-class triazole, and provides more corn per acre than any other fungicide on the market. In the soybean market, BASF recently introduced Priaxor™ fungicide, which provides the proven disease control and Plant Health benefits of F500, with the continuous protection and consistent performance of Xemium® fungicide, a new active ingredient. Priaxor fungicide delivers maximum yield potential and premium crop quality to help growers get the most out of every acre.
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With sales of € 4.1 billion in 2011, BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.
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