SIGNUM®, quality from the land to the table.BASF
SIGNUM® the new BASF fungicide to control Botrytis and powdery mildew in strawberries. Despite this description is already a guarantee of confidence for every farmer and technicians who know BASF products, SIGNUM® has unique features which makes it be a reference fungicide in fruit cultivation worldwide.
SIGNUM® features two completely new and effective components: boscalid and piraclostrobin. That itself means an extraordinary advance as for crop protection: an intensive investigation offers from the beginning a strong tool to control diseases and also a lasting one regarding control of resistance appearance. Both substances are also active against a great amount of secondary diseases which reduce quantity and quality of strawberries.
But modern agriculture has additional challenges to phytosanitary control of plagues and diseases. One of them is control of post-harvest diseases: fruit must remain stored longer without decaying in warehouses, supermarkets and fridges. A particular feature of SIGNUM® is the improvement of quality of harvested fruit. Although it is used on the plants themselves, its physiological effects last even after the harvest. Thus, strawberries treated with this product obtain an additional advantage: longer life and better conservation which cover a more and more demanded necessity by supermarkets all over Europe.
Within BASF range destined to strawberry, SIGNUM® completes the rest of solutions to get an efficient residue management. STROBY® WG and KUMULUS® DF for powdery mildew; SIGNUM®, ROVRAL® AQUAFLO and SCALA® for botrytis, COMANCHE® and NORVAN® SC for spider, and GEODA® for caterpillars, they compose an unbeatable team which ensures a thorough phytosanitary control and visible quality in the harvest, minimising the presence of residues. Much of BASF’s effort involves this issue: to have innovative, safe products which avoided residue problems and didn’t damage the image of the sector of fruits and vegetables which is devoted to exportation.
Last but not least, SIGNUM® is compatible with insects commonly used in biological plague control such as Amblyseius swirskii, Orius laevigatus, Coccinella septempunctata, Typhlodromus pyri, Aphidius rhopalosiphi, Chrysoperla carnea, Poecillus cupreus, Aleochara bilineata, Pardosa spec. Besides, it affects neither bees nor buff-tailed bumblebees. All this makes SIGNUM® a quite interesting product for Integrated Control programmes, essential for the sustainable development of agriculture.
SIGNUM® represents the following five essential aspects: effectiveness, control of resistances, post-harvest quality, minimum residue and environmental compatibility. SIGNUM® is BASF’s commitment to modern agriculture.