Maxim Quattro Seed Treatment Fungicide for Corn Enhances Syngenta Seedcare Portfolio

Greensboro, NC, USA— Syngenta Seedcareannounced today that Maxim® Quattro seed treatment fungicide has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Maxim Quattro, a four-way formulation, will build upon a proven portfolio of corn seed treatments by combining the active ingredients of Apron XL® (mefenoxam), Maxim 4FS (fludioxonil) and Dynasty® (azoxystrobin) seed treatment fungicides with thiabendazole, a new active ingredient for seed treatment on corn. This fourth mode of action will broaden the wide spectrum of disease protection already offered by the Syngenta Seedcare portfolio. The new chemistry is systemic and cleans up surface and internal pathogens to produce stronger, healthier plants from day one.

Maxim Quattro will guard against seed- and soil-borne diseases and offer best-in-class protection against a broad spectrum of Fusarium speciesincluding, Fusarium graminearum andFusarium verticilliodides, to help decrease mycotoxin levels. Mycotoxins are a result of a toxic chemical product produced by Fusarium and if left unchecked, can severely diminish crop quality.

“Seed treatment fungicides are continuously evolving,” said Mark Jirak, crop manager for Syngenta Seedcare. “Maxim Quattro is the newest innovation, and it will set a new standard for seed treatments on corn. Maxim Quattro will provide unmatched Fusarium control. It’s a combination of active ingredients you won’t find anywhere else.”

Maxim Quattro will be sold as a component of Avicta Complete Corn or CruiserMaxx® 250 Corn insecticide/fungicide, both of which are combinations of separately registered seed treatment products, and will be available on a limited basis for the 2011 planting season.