Friday, April 26, 2013

Pyraclostrobin market to be promising in China

The pyraclostrobin, a strobilurin fungicide developed by BASF in 1993 and entered the market in 2001, has been widely used in the fields of wheat, rice, grape, banana, orange, vegetables, etc. to control powdery mildew, anthracnose, scab, leaf spot and so on. Thanks to the pyraclostrobin's good performance in the global market, and especially in the US and Brazil, the pyraclostrobin has brought a fat profit to BASF and it has grown to be the second largest fungicide in the world as reported. Like other strobilurin fungicides such as the azoxystrobin, the pyraclostrobin has advantages like a low dosage, broad spectrum, high efficacy, low toxicity and others yet to be found. What's more, it can also prevent and cure diseases caused by germs resistant to other fungicides. In the past few years, the pyraclostrobin has been registered in many countries and regions in the world, including Brazil, Canada, Australia, Argentina, the US, etc, according to CCM’s latest monthly report, Fungicides China News 1304.

In China, according to the Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA), as of 12 March 2013, pyraclostrobin technical and formulations have been registered by BASF only due to their patent protection. The active ingredient (AI) content of the pyraclostrobin technical is 95% and the specification for pyraclostrobin single formulation is 250g/L EC. Moreover, the registrations of pyraclostrobin combined with metiram and dimethomorph have also been acquired by BASF with the registration codes PD20080506 and PD20093402 respectively.

In addition, China has been actively applying for pyraclostrobin's field efficacy tests in recent years, in a bid to formally register this product when its patent in China expires in June 2015.

According to the ICAMA, China began pyraclostrobin's field efficacy tests as early as 2009. And it became popular in 2012, with their number soaring to 47 from 6 in 2011. Currently, the total number of those tests in China hits 62, including 37 for single formulations and 25 for mixed formulations. As to mixed formulations, pyraclostrobin combined with propineb, dithianon and dimethomorph are popular, accounting for 36% of the total field efficacy tests. Furthermore, the main specifications for pyraclostrobin's single formulations are 25% WDG, 25% SC and 30% SC.

In field efficacy tests, pyraclostrobin is used to prevent and cure the cucumber downy mildew, banana scab, apple leaf spot, rice sheath blight, grape downy mildew, wheat rust, etc. Cucumber, banana and apple are the top 3 crops tested with the pyraclostrobin, taking up 21%, 16% and 15% of the total amount of tests respectively. It is also worth noticing that fruits and vegetables account for around 60% of the total crops tested, while the figure is only 15% for field crops (rice and wheat). It indicates that there is a huge room for pyraclostrobin's application on field crops in China's market.

In China, more and more companies have been participating in the pyraclostrobin's field efficacy tests in recent years. According to the ICAMA, 37 domestic companies have applied for them as of 12 March 2013. Among the companies, Shaanxi Sunger Road Bio-Science Co., Ltd. (Shaanxi Sunger Road) applied for 5 pieces, ranking first, followed by Hailir Pesticides & Chemicals Group, Jiangxi Yingtan Shuangshou Pesticide Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Noposion Agrochemicals Co., Ltd.

In the future, especially in 2013 and 2014, the pyraclostrobin's field efficacy tests will continue to be popular in China. The total number is expected to increase greatly along with the number of applicants soaring and the type of mixed formulations diversified. The companies that have applied for field efficacy tests are likely to register pyraclostrobin in the domestic market.

Driven by pyraclostrobin's promising profit, coupled with its good performance, it is expected that domestic agrochemical companies will come in flocks after the product's patent expiration in China in 2015, challenging BASF in the Chinese and global market.

Table Contents of Fungicides China News 1304:
Pyraclostrobin market to be promising in China
17 labs approved for the comprehensive component analysis of the pesticide TC/TK registration
2012 review of Chinese triazole fungicides' supply & demand
Noposion to invest in Changlong Chemicals
Zibo Wanchang's sales revenue up 15.82% in 2012
The registration of cyproconazole to be popular in China
Udragon Chemical: China's first company to acquire formal registration of tetraconazole formulation
Export volume of China's azoxystrobin technical and formulations soar in 2012
Expected large stricken area of rape sclerotinia rot to increase demand for some fungicides
Ex-works price of prochloraz 97% technical soars in early March
Sinon Corporation invests in pesticide intermediate project in China
Domestic fungicide technical output continues to decline
Sipcam registers an azoxystrobin formulation in China
BASF promotes Emulan in China
MOA to increase the rice yield
China's first development plan for the flower industry issued
Chinese scientists map out the D genome of wheat
Domestic enterprises gain 23 new registrations of pesticide AIs in 2012
CNDCA recommends a ban on the import of GM seeds for staple food

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