2008 News Releases

NEW Overture® Insecticide Gives Greenhouse Growers Options

New tool, new mode of action for thrips control

June 16, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, CA (June 16, 2008)—Overture® Insecticide from Valent U.S.A. Corporation has received Environmental Protection Agency registration for thrips control in greenhouse ornamentals.

Western flower thrips (WFT) is one of the most widespread and damaging pests facing greenhouse growers throughout the U.S. Without adequate control, WFT damage can make plants unmarketable, or even kill plants.

Thrips have the ability to get inside the flower, making the insect extremely hard to control.

"Overture is a valuable tool for growers seeking effective control because it acts through both contact and ingestion activity. Overture controls immature and adult thrips," said Dr. Joe Chamberlin, field market development specialist for Valent Professional Products.

Resistance Management

For growers who have become increasingly concerned with insecticide-resistant thrips, Overture is a new tool to introduce into their insecticide program.

"There is scientifically documented resistance by western flower thrips to several leading thrips products, and many growers are in need of products with new modes of action," Chamberlin said. "The chemical industry has introduced very few effective thrips materials in the last 10 years, and in many cases growers are down to one effective product."

As a result, there has been an overuse of the available chemistry, and resistance has become a serious problem.

"Overture has a unique mode of action and can therefore be rotated with all other thrips chemistries," Chamberlin said. "By introducing Overture into a pest management program, growers can alleviate current problems with resistant thrips, and also slow development of resistance to currently effective products."

Additional Benefits

Overture also provides excellent control of many lepidopterous larvae such as azalea caterpillar, beet armyworm, cabbage looper, tobacco budworm, yellowstriped armyworm and many more.

Overture is soft on beneficial insects and does not significantly impact most natural predaceous arthropods including ladybird beetles, lacewings, predatory bugs, and predatory mites.

Valent Professional Products serve the areas of tree, turf, greenhouse/nursery and landscape ornamentals as well as industrial vegetation management. Valent professional products include Arena® Insecticide, BroadStar™ Herbicide, DiPel® PRO DF Biological Insecticide, Distance® Fire Ant Bait, Distance Insect Growth Regulator, Envoy Plus™ Herbicide, Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator, Gnatrol® Biological Larvicide, Payload® Herbicide, ProGibb® T&O Plant Growth Regulator, Safari® Insecticide, Stellar™ Fungicide, Sumagic® Plant Growth Regulator, SureGuard® Herbicide, Tame® Insecticide, TetraSan® Miticide, Tourney™ Fungicide and Velocity® Herbicide.

For more information about Valent's Professional Products, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, call 800-89-VALENT (898-2536), or visit the Valent Professional Products Web site at www.valentpro.com.