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Ridomil Gold SL Receives Registration for Use in California

Greensboro, N.C., February 19, 2007 - The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) has registered Ridomil Gold® SL fungicide from Syngenta Crop Protection. This new, translucent formulation of Ridomil Gold® EC offers enhanced environmental and handling characteristics while providing the same effective control of certain soil-borne and foliar diseases on a wide range of crops.

Ridomil Gold SL controls diseases caused by oomycete species, including soil-borne Pythium spp. and Phytophthora spp. The CDPR approved Ridomil Gold SL for use on a variety of California crops including alfalfa, almonds, apples, citrus, cole crops, cotton, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables, leafy vegetables (except brassica), legume vegetables (succulent or dried), onions (dry bulb and green), potatoes, root and tuber vegetables, spinach, stone fruit, strawberries and walnuts. Always consult the product label for a complete list of registered crops.

“There is a broad range of user benefits with this new formulation,” said Jeff Cecil, fungicide brand manager for Syngenta Crop Protection. “Ridomil Gold SL mixes easily with water and remains stable and translucent over time, has superior stability at low temperatures and an improved odor with less foam. These enhancements, combined with unsurpassed protection against diseases, make it an easier and more effective product to use.”

Ridomil Gold SL is a systemic fungicide that contains the active ingredient mefenoxam. The active ingredient is absorbed by the roots and translocated into young shoots as they emerge from the soil, offering protection for several weeks after planting to maximize crop yield and value.

“Syngenta is committed to delivering new product developments, and backing them with a commitment to unsurpassed quality and the support of a knowledgeable and dedicated sales staff,” Cecil said. “Ridomil Gold SL is a good example of Syngenta taking a great product and making it even better.”
For more information on Ridomil Gold SL, contact your Syngenta sales representative or visit Syngenta at www.syngentacropprotection.com or www.farmassist.com.

Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in 2006 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs some 19,500 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further information is available at www.syngenta.com.

Media Contacts:
Nathalee Stirling
Gibbs & Soell, Inc.
415-362-9930, nstirling@gibbs-soell.com

Mary DeMers
Syngenta Crop Protection
336-632-2156, mary.demers@syngenta.com


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