INDIANAPOLIS — Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), announced today that it has received the first country registration for the sulfoxaflor molecule. Consistent with the outcome of the recent scientific review of sulfoxaflor at the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), the Korean regulatory agency has announced its decision to register the product for use on apples, pears and red peppers. This important first registration keeps the global sulfoxaflor molecule on-track for launch during the first half of 2012.
“Sulfoxaflor will provide farmers an effective solution against sap-feeding insects that are destructive to a wide range of crops, including cotton, tree fruits, vegetables and rice,” said Tim Hassinger, Global Leader, Agricultural Chemicals, Dow AgroSciences. “This first registration of sulfoxaflor is an important step in the regulatory journey for this molecule and a critical element of our company’s growth strategy.”
Sulfoxaflor is the first molecule to be commercialized from the new sulfoximine class of insecticides developed by Dow AgroSciences. Effective at low use rates with fast-acting control, sulfoxaflor addresses a $2 billion global market segment where needs are currently unmet with existing technologies. Sulfoxaflor is not yet registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal registration is pending.