The FastStart™ Cotton Program was established as a partnership between Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) and Syngenta to focus research on improving the establishment and subsequent yield potential of Australian cotton crops.
The Program is funded through a contribution from the sale of CSD seed treated with Syngenta’s Seedcare range. Through their purchase of cotton seed, growers have contributed more than $3 million to the FastStart Research and Development Fund since 2009. This has contributed towards over 50 research projects focussed on the challenges of crop establishment; developing technologies, chemistry and management solutions for the Australian cotton industry.
BION® was first identified by Dr Stephen Allen (CSIRO) and researched as a seed treatment tool for the suppression of black root rot and Fusarium wilt, as part of an integrated management program in cotton.
BION® is a plant activator which turns on the plant’s natural defences to resist disease infection. It improves establishment and protects against seedling diseases such as:
VIBRANCE® COMPLETE is the combination of VIBRANCE® CST and BION®. Together they offer the most comprehensive protection against cotton seedling diseases and have been widely adopted across cotton growing regions in Australia.