Sunday, February 5, 2023

EPA registers new BASF insecticide

BASF logoThe Environmental Protection Agency has registered Inscalis insecticide from BASF to control piercing-sucking insect pests in a number of row and specialty crops, including soybeans. State registrations are pending.

As many crop-protection companies have begun doing, Inscalis is the brand name for the active ingredient, afidopyropen.

BASF plans to launch three brands for different market segments.

Sefina insecticide is labeled for use on citrus, cotton, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables and soybeans, targets three main pests: aphids, whiteflies and Asian citrus psyllid. Versys insecticide is labeled for use on brassica, leafy vegetables, pome and stone fruit, and will target aphids and whiteflies. And Ventigra insecticide is for use in greenhouse and nursery production, and ornamental landscapes.

Inscalis is a member of the Pyropenes chemical family and belongs to the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee’s Group 9D.

The chemistry’s unique formulation works by moving through the leaf to control pests that may be living on the leaf underside.

Inscalis controls pests by interfering with chordotonal sensing organs unique to insects and crustaceans. The chemical binds to channels within sensory nerve cells, causing them to open and generate continuous signals and making it impossible for the insect’s brain to detect sound, gravity and body movement.

As a result, the pest rapidly stops feeding and eventually dies from dehydration and starvation.

In addition, Inscalis insecticide boasts a favorable environmental profile with low toxicity to beneficial insects, including pollinators, according to a BASF news release.

The insecticide’s active ingredient was discovered by the Japanese company Meiji Seika Pharma Co. Ltd and the Kitasato Institute and co-developed with Meiji.

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