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Root Health – key to better crop productivity

Ensuring healthier, stronger roots using VIBRANCE with unique RootingPower

The need to grow more from less to address food security calls for new strategies to increase yield. Worldwide research increasingly points to Root Health as the key for next-generation crop productivity improvements.

Because they are out of sight, roots are often out of mind

It has been estimated that 80% of all plant problems start with soil/root problems. Soilborne plant pathogens, underground insects and nematodes all threaten healthy root structures. Their effect often goes unnoticed until the end of the season, resulting in significant crop damage and yield losses. Abiotic stress conditions further impact the rate of water and nutrient uptake, and thus plant growth and yield. Stronger, healthier roots lead to improved crop performance under a wide range of conditions.

New research directions focus on healthy roots

The structure and growth habits of roots have a pronounced effect on the size and vigor of plants.

Stronger, healthier roots:

  • Can better absorb water and nutrients; two of the most critical resources a plant needs.
  • Lead to enhanced crop development at all critical stages and under a broad range of environmental conditions.
  • Help produce stronger stems and foliage that better withstand environmental stress, especially in challenging climates.
  • Protect the genetic potential of the crop and, ultimately, lead to improved yield.

Global Root Health Forums

To stimulate the worldwide exchange of research experience on Root Health, Syngenta regularly hosts Root Health Forums and created the online Global Root Health Network on LinkedIn. The first Global Root Health Forum was held in the USA in 2011.
Six regional Root Health Forums were hosted around the world over the course of 2012-2014. In 2013, a second Global Root Health Forum took place in Beijing, China. Further regional Root Health Forums are scheduled for 2015 to address regional specific topics. The forums bring together leading experts from public, private and non-profit institutions worldwide.

New advancements in Root Health

Syngenta scientists have analyzed the interactions between roots, diseases, moisture efficiency and nutrient utilization. They have learned that a simple act like protecting crop roots from disease can have an enormous impact and unlock greater potential within the root system, leading to stronger crops and higher yield.

This research has resulted in a new active ingredient designed specifically for use as a seed treatment, commercialized in 2011 under the brand name VIBRANCE®. Worldwide field trials show more consistent yields on all major crops under a range of conditions.

Syngenta won the 2011 Agrow Award for Best New Crop Protection Product for VIBRANCE, underscoring its innovation in Root Health. Syngenta scientists were recognized with the 2014 Sandmeyer Award for their successful and innovative efforts in discovering, developing, and producing new broad-spectrum agrochemical fungicides.


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    Global Root Health Network Group

    Syngenta hosts a Global Root Health Network group on LinkedIn. It brings together leading technical experts from private, public and nonprofit institutions worldwide to exchange knowledge about Root Health and the link to plant performance. Top Root Health research prospects identified by this network include improved methodology, faster field diagnosis, interactions between pathogens and soil, and others.

    Visit the Global Root Health Network, a group on LinkedIn®

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    Download the White paper on Root Health: “Root Health – the key to improving yield”

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