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Root Health – the key to improving crop performance
Because they are out of sight, roots are often out of mind. Yet, research increasingly points to Root Health as the key for next-generation crop productivity. Seed treatment plays a key role
in effectively protecting Root Health to increase crop performance.

Root problems cause yield losses

It has been estimated that 80% of all plant problems start with soil/root problems*. Increased use of agronomic practices such as no-till and irrigation can increase the prevalence of soil-borne diseases. This compromises Root Health.

The roots of most plants are under threat from pathogenic fungi and nematodes. This usually goes unnoticed until the end of the season when growers are faced with often significant crop damage and yield losses.

Without specific analyses, these problems are often misdiagnosed, resulting in further losses for growers. Stronger, healthier roots will lead to improved crop performance under a wide range of conditions.

New research directions link healthy roots to higher yield


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Root Health - the key to improving yield


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Industry experts and scientists recognize that Root Health can hold the key to the next ‘Green Revolution’. Their research focuses on the ability of roots to efficiently use water and nutrients as a key to further improvements in crop productivity.

The structure and growth habits of roots have a pronounced effect on the size and vigor of plants. Stronger, healthier roots:

  • can better absorb water and nutrients,
  • lead to better crop development at all critical stages and under a broad range of environmental conditions, 
  • help produce stronger stems and foliage that better cope with environmental stress, especially in challenging climates,  
  • protect the genetic potential of the crop,
  • lead to improved and more consistent yield.

Global Root Health Forums

The link between Root Health and plant performance was further explored at the first Global Root Health Forum hosted by Syngenta in 2011. The Forum brought together 100 research experts from public and private organizations to exchange their findings.


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A second Global Root Health Forum took place in September 2013 in Beijing, China, after several regional Root Health Forums addressed regional specific topics and information exchange in 2012.

Syngenta also hosts a Global Root Health network on LinkedIn®. It brings together leading technical experts from private, public and nonprofit institutions worldwide to exchange knowledge about Root Health and the link to plant performance.

New seed treatment VIBRANCE® with RootingPower™ as integrated Root Health solution

Maximizing seed yield starts and ends with a healthy root system. A new proven strategy is the protection of plants from yield-reducing diseases by using seed treatment fungicides, enabling the plants to grow to their maximum genetic potential.

At Syngenta, this research direction has resulted in a new active ingredient. In May 2011, Syngenta announced the launch of VIBRANCE, a proprietary seed treatment fungicide based on the new active ingredient sedaxane – the first Syngenta molecule developed specifically for seed treatment.

Learn more about VIBRANCE and its unique RootingPower™

* Rovira, A.D. 1990. The impact of soil and crop management practices on soil-borne root diseases and wheat yields. Soil Use and Management 6(4):195-200.

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Rhizoctonia on row crops in the southern United States
An interview with Prof. Craig Rothrock, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas, USA

Professor Rothrock`s research focuses on the ecology of soilborne plant pathogens and their control through chemical, cultural and alternative strategies. It is directed towards the development of sustainable cropping systems for cotton and other field crops. One of his current research projects is the characterization of Rhizoctonia solani populations in Arkansas and their anastomosis groups, in soils under different cropping systems. We had the opportunity to speak with Professor Rothrock about the importance of Rhizoctonia in the southern United States and the findings of his research activities.

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Challenges in rice research from a Root Health perspective
An Interview with Dr. Ricardo Oliva, Scientist, Host Plant Resistance, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Dr Ricardo Oliva holds a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the ETH in Zurich. He has a strong background in molecular pathology and plant microbe interaction, with a focus on the function and evolution of effector genes. Since 2012, he has worked on host plant resistance as a scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Oliva during the 2013 Global Root Health Forum in Beijing.

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