Root Health – the key to improving crop performance

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. The roots of most plants are under attack by pathogens. The effect of such organisms usually goes unnoticed until the end of the season when growers are faced with often significant crop damage and yield losses. Stronger, healthier roots will 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

Syngenta hosted the first Global Root Health Forum in 2011 bringing together 100 research experts from public and private organizations to exchange their findings. A second Global Root Health Forum is now planned for 2013 in Beijing, China. Also several regional Root Health Forums are scheduled for 2012 to address regional specific topics and facilitate information exchange.

Over the past several years, 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.

New advancements in Root Health

Syngenta has a new active ingredient designed specifically for use as a seed treatment, commercialized in 2011 under the brand name VIBRANCETM. 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 our innovation in Root Health.

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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.


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