PHILADELPHIA, November 17, 2005 – FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) has received California registration for Aria® insecticide, available for use on ornamentals grown indoors in greenhouses and interiorscapes. It is especially effective against aphids, one of the most economically important greenhouse pests, as well as mealybugs. Aria represents an advanced chemistry that stops aphids from feeding within one hour of treatment, eliminating them altogether in 3-5 days. This speed provides greenhouse producers protection of their investment by stopping aphids’ damaging behavior quickly and effectively, and defending against virus transmission.
“Aria is tough on all major species of aphids but easy on most plant species and ornamentals,” says Don Claus, Specialty Products Business, FMC Agricultural Products Group. “It does not harm birds or honeybees, and has no observed effect on coleopterans, lepidopterans, or arachnids.”
“Aria represents a new class of chemistry with a new mode of action,” adds Jim Walter, Global Development Manager. “And it has no known cross-resistance with other insecticides. It has demonstrated outstanding environmental qualities, making Aria an important new tool in integrated pest management (IPM) programs.”
Aria insecticide is available in convenient foil packets (0.7 ounce/20 grams), packaged in boxes of six packets each.
The introduction of Aria is one of the latest products that FMC has introduced by partnering with other companies to develop and commercialize new technologies specifically for the pest control and turf & ornamental markets.
The registration of Aria is the first in the world for its active ingredient, flonicamid, and represents the first product registration as a result of an agreement between FMC and Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd. (ISK).
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 5,000 people throughout the world. The company operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.
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