Clariant Claims Synergen OS Adjuvant Boosts Foliar Penetration

Clariant, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, is to present test results showing that its Synergen OS adjuvant boosts the foliar penetration (after 24 hours) of a broad-leafed herbicide by 5 times compared to the commercial standard. The findings will be presented at the 10th International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals (ISAA), to be held in Brazil on April 22-26, 2013.

“Synergen OS massively improves spray retention and coverage,” said Sven Dammann, Clariant’s Global Marketing Manager, Crop Protection. “By using our adjuvants, farmers can get higher efficiency out of their agrochemicals.” Together with his Clariant colleague Silvia Ziebold, Global Marketing Manager, EcoTain, Dammann will present the data in an ISAA poster entitled “EcoTain – A Systematic Approach to Sustainable Innovation. Showcased on Synergen OS”.

Synergen OS, a homogeneous blend of methylated seed oil and a polymeric surfactant, functions as an adjuvant and a foliar penetration enhancer in water-based and oil-based formulations. It is a natural product, with 97% of its content sourced from renewable raw materials.

The findings demonstrate not only the power of Clariant products, but also of the company’s new business model in crop protection. On top of its traditional global presence in surfactants, solvents and emulsifiers, the company has steadily added know-how and service in pesticide formulation, intellectual property guidance and biological profiling. It was this latter capability – specifically, experiments performed at the new Innovation Center in Frankfurt (Germany) – that generated the efficiency findings for Synergen OS.

At ISAA Clariant will also announce the introduction of its sustainability brand, EcoTain, to its crop protection portfolio, including Synergen as well as Dispersogen for dispersing agents, Emulsogen for emulsifiers and Genagen for solvents. Products bearing the EcoTain brand must meet life cycle criteria in four areas: sustainable design, responsible process, safe and efficient use and eco integration.

During the symposium, Clariant will present the following two lectures:

  1. Microclimate factors and the impact on agrochemical behavior.
  2. Enhancement of foliar penetration, systemicity and spray wetting power by model adjuvant formulations of a novel oil/NIS blend.

Clariant will also present the following four posters:

  1. Cost-effective glyphosate adjuvants.
  2. EcoTain – A systematic approach to sustainable innovation: showcased on Synergen OS.
  3. A new environmentally friendly polymeric dispersing agent for highly salt-tolerant suspension concentrates.
  4. Testing adjuvant effects on mobility of agrochemicals in leaf interfaces.

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