2008 News Releases

Zeal® Miticide EPA Registered in Hops, Cherries and Melons

Miticide delivers long-lasting residual control of problem mites.

March 13, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (March 13, 2008)—Valent U.S.A. Corporation has received registration for Zeal® Miticide in hops, cherries (sweet and tart) and melons for use in all states except California and New York.

Zeal offers long-lasting residual control of two-spotted spider mite, European red mite and Pacific spider mite in a single application. Zeal affects all life stages of mites-eggs, larvae and nymphs-on contact, and eggs laid by treated adults will not hatch.

Zeal is part of a unique chemical class, which means more flexibility for growers and fewer worries about cross-resistance. Additionally, Zeal has translaminar movement, allowing the product to move through the leaf and control where mites feed. Zeal also is soft on beneficial insects and mite predators.

"Zeal's mode of action and class of chemistry (Sub-group 10 B, IRAC MoA) offers growers another alternative to reduce the risk of generating resistance among mite populations," said Carlos Granadino, Valent product development manager. "The real backbone of the product is its long residual control. Washington State University trials demonstrated that 4 ounces of Zeal controlled mites at least two weeks longer than currently registered products in hops. Zeal also shows superior mite control in cherries and melons (including cantaloupe, muskmelon and watermelon) at the rates of two to three ounces."

"We've had the support of the Hop Growers Association and IR-4 as we sought these additional registrations for Zeal," Granadino said. "That speaks volumes of what experts in this industry think of this product."

With these additional registrations, Zeal is now labeled for use in apples, cherries, cotton, grapes, melons, hops, tree nuts (including hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios), pears, strawberries and non-bearing fruit trees.

Zeal is one of the many quality products from Valent U.S.A. Corporation, including plant growth regulators, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and a nematicide. Valent's product line includes leading brands such as Belay™ Insecticide, Chateau® Herbicide, Clutch® Insecticide, Danitol® Insecticide, DiPel® Insecticide, DiTera® Nematicide, Esteem® Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), Knack® IGR, MaxCel® Plant Growth Regulator (PGR), Presidio® Fungicide, Prestige® PGR, ProGibb® PGR, Promalin® PGR, ProVide® PGR, ReTain® PGR, Select Max® Herbicide with Inside Technology™, Seize™ IGR, Venom® Insecticide and XenTari® Biological Insecticide.

For more information about Zeal Miticide, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or Valent's full product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368), or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.