BASF Pest Control Solutions UK
BASF Pest Control Solutions UK

What is the “Apogee Effect” of Attraxor®?

BASF launched Attraxor®, a new plant growth regulator (PGR) using the powerful active Prohexadione at BTME in Harrogate in 2020. Since then, the product was also successfully launched in France, Sweden, Ireland and Spain. In the UK, the field of use includes managed amenity turf and amenity grassland including sod farms, sports turf, golf courses, airfields, road and railway embankments.

Attraxor® impacts the plant gibberellic acid synthesis shortening grass growth, reducing the frequency of mowing and the volume of clippings created. In addition, Attraxor® enhances turf root formation & sward density with positive effects on the play. Due to its unique effects on seed head production, Attraxor® is also used as a Poa annua management tool.

Recent trials in Germany indicated another exciting Attraxor® feature. Greens treated in winter showed significantly less Microdochium nivale infection (-78%), compared to untreated areas. Attraxor® does not directly affect the pathogen itself but supports the plant to defend against fungal infection. The physiological processes behind this can be described as the Apogee effect. Prohexadione causes a change of plant cell structures including thickening of plant cell walls, therefore, turf plants which are highly susceptible to M. nivale in winter, create a physical barrier which helps to withstand fungal infections. The broad temperature range of Attraxor® activity (starting at 7°C) is a perfect fit for late applications to optimise the IPM potential of this powerful active ingredient.

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Attraxor® contains prohexadione calcium. Attraxor is a registered trademark of BASF. © BASF 2022. All rights reserved.