Published online: Feb 14, 2012 Fungicide
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-Bayer CropScience today announced that Luna, the company's newest fungicide innovation, has received registration from the U.S. EPA and is now available for sale. Luna fungicides have a unique chemistry and systemic mode of action that provides unprecedented control of some of the most problematic fungal diseases to help growers deliver the best possible fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Luna fungicides offer growers:
 New level of systemic disease control for a broad range of problematic diseases - including Alternaria blights, scab, powdery mildew and white mold-to give them peace of mind that they will get as much value as possible from their crop;
 Demonstrated improvements in long-term tree health and on fruit quality and storability;
 New chemical class that maintains control where other products are failing.

"The horticultural market has the highest value crops attracting top dollar in markets around the world. With so much money on the line, growers need solutions that will help them overcome problematic disease and resistance issues," says Herb Young, product manager at Bayer CropScience. "With the availability of Luna, growers will have a new tool to help them overcome these disease issues and deliver the highest quality products possible."

Meeting growers' diverse needs

Many growers are experiencing resistance against current fungicides. To help combat this, the Luna portfolio includes three solutions-Luna Sensation, Luna Tranquility and Luna Experience- each of which includes dual modes of action.

For potatoes, Luna Tranquility offers the broadest spectrum of disease control on the market while also increasing yield. The product is highly effective broadcast or through chemigation in controlling white mold, black dot, the entire early blight complex, including Botrytis and brown spot.

Dr. Jeff Miller, Miller Research, found that when Luna Tranquility is used with potatoes, white mold and early blight control have been outstanding. Luna was very effective on key diseases when applied through chemigation. (See our January 2012 issue, page 40.)

Bayer CropScience also announces today that their Luna now live. The site includes a website app called "Luna World," which allows visitors of the website to navigate a globe with four different land masses of crops: potatoes, grapes, nuts and fruit. Clicking on the potatoes will show images of the difference of severity of early blight and white mold under "untreated," a competitor and Luna Tranquility, as demonstrated at Miller Research in Acequia, Idaho.