Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies and has a program focusing on the development of sustainable solutions for seed treatment application.
Evonik’s BREAK-THRU® additives are well known innovative solutions in the crop protection industry, but they can also play a critical role in the improvement of seed treatment formulations. By using BREAK-THRU® additives S 301 or SP 133 in commercial seed treatment formulations, the performance of the coating process and, thereby, the quality of the seed coating, can be significantly enhanced. Both additives are compatible with commercial FS-formulations containing chemical as well as biological actives.
The OMRI-listed, biodegradable superspreader BREAK-THRU® S 301 offers an important reduction of surface tension of formulations after dilution in water which leads to a highly homogenous seed coating. Independent of the seed variety, a significant decrease of the dust-off value and an improvement in flowability can be achieved by applying BREAK-THRU® S 301. Formulation stability and seed germination remain unaffected by the additive making it a highly convenient solution to improve the coating process with chemical and biological actives.
OMRI- and FIBL-listed BREAK-THRU® SP 133 represents a fully bio-based alternative to BREAK-THRU® S 301 and offers similar performance benefits and excellent handling properties. The use of these additives within the application of a commercial FS-formulations leads to significantly lower dust-off values, improved flowability and plantability of the treated seeds while maintaining seed germination and formulation stability.
The innovative multifunctional carrier fluid BREAK-THRU® BP 787 is a highly sustainable solution due to its biodegradability, absence of microplastics, and lack of toxicity. Additionally, BREAK-THRU® BP 787 offers convenient handling, and full miscibility with Evonik’s BREAK-THRU® additive portfolio, rheology modifiers (e.g. Aerosil®, Sipernat®) and other commercial water-based products. Developing FS-formulations for microorganisms (e.g. Trichoderma harzianum, Clonostachys rosea, Beauveria bassiana) using BREAK-THRU® BP 787 as a carrier fluid significantly enhances the microbial shelf life in the formulation as well as after application to the seed.
Taken together Evonik’s BREAK-THRU® products can provide sustainable solutions to challenges and will expand the use of biological actives in seed treatment.