Mr. D. Karmon, Makhteshim Agan

In November 2012, BUMPER 25 EC, a plant protection product produced by Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd, was re-registered on the basis of a Site Similarity Certification (SSC) provided by Spatial Business Integration, Germany.

BUMPER 25 EC is a systemic foliar fungicide of the triazole group, with protective and curative action. It is especially effective in the control of Basidiomycetes (Puccinia, etc.), Ascomycetes (Erysiphe, Mycosphaerella, Sclerotinia, Rhizoctonia, etc.) and Fungi Imperfecti (Septoria, Cercospora, Monilinia) pathogens.

BUMPER has broad spectrum activity against a wide range of fungal diseases of wheat, barley, rye, oats, rice, maize, grass, turf, banana, coffee, pecan, sugarcane, beets, stone fruits, peanuts and ornamentals. The product is registered and marketed in more than 40 countries in Europe and around the world.

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Dr. Bernd Stratmann, ADC

The product had already been registered back in January 1995. In November 2006, documents were submitted to Direcção Geral da Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural as the Portuguese registration authority for re-registration in accordance with the EPPO Guideline on “Foliar diseases on cereals (EPPO PP 1/26 (3))”.

The Biological Assessment Dossier, written by Dr. Bernd Stratmann from ADC GmbH, was based on trials conducted over several years in areas typical of cereal production in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and the UK. Re-registration had been applied for in Portugal, Spain, Italy and the UK. After questions had been clarified and supplementary information submitted, BUMPER 25 EC was successfully re-registered in November 2012. The SSC enabled the acceptance of trial results achieved in the Maritime EPPO Zone for target sites in the Mediterranean EPPO Zone. No trials had been conducted in the target sites in the Mediterranean EPPO Zone.

Makhteshim Agan is one of the first customers to request a SSC from Spatial Business Integration. As early as 2006, Makhteshim Agan, prompted by Danny Karmon (photo, above) who was European Development Manager at the time, recognized the benefits of this new technology which enables the comparison of trial sites on the basis of satellite images linked with other parameters.

Spatial Business Integration uses satellite image series to process the dynamics of biomass growth and compares the growth habit of crops between two growing regions, together with all relevant parameters required by the EPPO guidelines.

If the parameters are similar, Spatial Business Integration initiates a Site Similarity Certificate (SSC). Trials conducted in the one region are likely to lead to similar results in the other, which implies that the trial results are geographically transferable.

“Without SBIs’ ground-breaking SSC technology we would have had to have conducted additional, cost-intensive trials in the target region, and the compilation of the BAD would have been delayed by at least a year”, stated Danny Karmon, Senior Product Manager at Makhteshim Agan.

“SSCs reduce time to market and are always helpful in completing the data set if, for example, trials haven’t led to suitable results because of low pest pressure over the course of a year”, explained Dr. B. Stratmann (photo, beneath).

Today SBI not only successfully applies satellite image technology for site similarity analyses between growing sites, but also supports many plant protection product companies in the early planning stages of their field trial programs. SBI assesses the optimal locations for pest trials by analyzing the site-specific biomass growth derived from satellite images, calculating the weather conditions which favour pest development and spatially analyzing the risks of pest outbreaks.

As a result, fewer trials become necessary within the framework of zonal registration projects, since the trial sites selected offer a greater probability of success. Thanks to this technology, registration authorities are able to verify that trials conducted on those sites cover the full range of conditions in terms of, for instance, soil, weather and other parameters. Registration authorities then have the confirmation that all relevant conditions were encountered in the trials as the process is scientifically traceable and documented by SBI.

About Makhteshim Agan

Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd is a leading manufacturer and distributor of crop-protection solutions with a global reach and the largest off-patent player in the industry. The company provides efficient solutions to farmers to assist them in combating disease and increasing yields.

For more information, visit Makhteshim Agan at www.adama.com/