Kingsport, Tenn., USA — November 12, 2018 — Eastman is delighted to announce that its new crop protection innovation, Cedroz, was highly commended in the category ‘Best New Biological Product’ at the 11th Agrow Awards.
The Agrow Awards are highly prestigious global awards celebrating excellence among companies, teams, and individuals across the crop protection and seed sector. The award ceremony took place in London on November 12, 2018.
Cedroz is an innovative, nature-identical product formulated and patented by Eden Research plc and developed by Eastman and Eden as a post-planting nematicidal solution to the problem of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae crops. Cedroz is a water-based formulation of the terpenes thymol and geraniol, encapsulated in a natural microencapsulation system.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to all Eastman colleagues involved in the development of Cedroz, for their dedication and hard work,” said Guy Van Den Bossche, General Manager Crop Protection at Eastman. “My thanks and appreciation also go to Eden Research plc, who formulated the product; and last but not least, to the growers involved in the many trials we have done, without whom we would not be here today.”
With the ever-increasing consumer demand for ‘safe’ produce, Cedroz is an attractive alternative for farmers looking to fight nematodes in an environmentally friendly way. With registration files under evaluation, it is expected that the product will have zero residues and a zero-day pre-harvest interval, thereby allowing applications right up to harvest, if desired. Cedroz offers farmers ease of use, since it is applied using the existing irrigation system. The two multi-site active ingredients not only work synergistically, thereby maximising efficacy on the target pest, but also offer a robust anti-resistance strategy. As no resistance is foreseen, effective repeated use is possible.
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.
Guy Van Den Bossche