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Seed Treatment

Seed treatment is the technology that applies active products to seeds to secure and improve crop emergence and in some cases protect against economically important pests.

Crop Focus

Our technology is applied on three main crop groups today: principally cereals but also seed potatoes and vegetable seeds.

In addition, Certis is also working to develop new products for all major crops in Europe, and especially maize, oil seed rape and sugar beet.

Key Seed treatment brands:

Latitude is a seed treatment fungicide used in cereals. This a unique tool to prevent damage from Take-all, a disease affecting small grain cereals across Europe. Take-all fungus invades cereal roots, limiting water and nutrient uptake, and can often lead to plant death in late spring when the plant may lack water. In addition to agronomic measures that can limit damage, the application of Latitude on seeds is the only way to prevent damage from the disease and secure the crop yield.  Further information can be found on the Latitude product pages

Diabolo Is a fungicide tuber treatment used on potato seed. By controlling a broad range of fungal diseases on seed potatoes, it both protects tubers against diseases that can develop during storage or transportation, resulting in their destruction, and reduces some key disease inoculum present on the tubers, thus minimising disease development in the crop grown from the seed. This is the case for silver scurf, a fungal disease that mostly develops from seed inoculum and that affects the yield quality by damaging the potato skin.

Proseed is a fungicide seed treatment used for vegetable seeds. It protects a wide number of crops against diseases that are harmful to healthy crop emergence, such as Fusarium, Rhizoctonia or Pythium. Its formulation has been specifically optimised to be compatible with vegetable seed coating and pelleting technologies.

Supporter is a plant strengthener for arable crops, specifically used in maize and potatoes. Our research has identified very specific amino acids that are key for crop emergence and fast juvenile development.

The application of Supporter on seeds increases the vigour of young plants at emergence and stimulates root growth, which promotes water and nutrient uptake. Many trials show increased stress tolerance of the treated plants to low temperature, drought, abnormal plant nutrition conditions and unfavourable conditions for growth.

Supporter treatment creates a healthier and more robust crop from the start.

Integrated Crop Management

Seed treatment is a key tool of integrated pest management: many diseases and pests affecting crops can only be controlled at this very early stage. The absence of control on seeds results in the development of the diseases so that no action can possibly limit their impact. This is especially the case for Take-all.  Once it is present in the roots, nothing can be done to save the plant. Similarly, systemic diseases transmitted by the seeds, such as Bunt or Smut in cereals, can only be controlled at the seed stage.

The application of active product at a very early stage and specifically targeted on the seeds, is also a very good measure to limit the amount of product used through the growth of the crop by reducing the disease pressure very early, allowing the establishment of a healthy crop, and creating a better position to resist adverse conditions that may occur at later stages.

Product stewardship

Certis has developed a portfolio of stewardship advice aiming at safe and efficient use of our products as seed treatments. This starts from the training of applicators to promote a solid understanding of good practices from the standpoint of environmental and operator safety and optimal application on the seed. We also offer our customers the possibility to check regularly the amount of product applied on the seed by “seed loading analysis” conducted in independent laboratories. This is an important measure to ensure that the use rate is respected, both to ensure the efficacy of our solutions, and to avoid overload of the active ingredient.

Finally, Certis’ formulation laboratory is capable of carrying out small scale industrial tests in order to help our clients to optimise their industrial seed treatment application process.