BASF Introduces New Versys Insecticide


New insecticide will quickly stop aphid feeding

Mississauga, ON, January 9, 2019 – BASF introduces new Versys insecticide for the 2019 season. Versys controls aphids and whiteflies in fruit and vegetable crops.


Powered by the new active ingredient, Inscalis™, Versys rapidly stops aphid and whitefly feeding to prevent damage in many fruit and vegetable crops. Extensive research and commercial trials across Canada and the US have confirmed that Versys also provides an extended duration of control.


“BASF believes that Versys will provide Canadian fruit and vegetable growers with a powerful new tool for aphid management,” said Scott Hodgins, BASF Horticulture Crop Manager. “Throughout the development of Versys, we received consistent customer feedback that the keys to the success of a new insecticide are speed of activity and duration of control – Versys checks both of those boxes.”


Versys also provides a new mode of action from a new group of insecticides (IRAC Group 9D) which allows it to control aphids and whiteflies that may have developed tolerance to other chemistries. Versys does not impact beneficial predatory insects, allowing it to be incorporated into an integrated pest management strategy.


Versys’ Inscalis active ingredient was discovered by a team that included 2015 Nobel Prize recipient, Dr. Satoshi Omura.


Customers can learn more about Versys insecticide at


                                                                                        Pests Controlled by Versys                                                                          
         Crop                                                   Target Pest                                                                              
  Leafy vegetables           Green peach aphid      Potato aphid, Lettuce apid  
  Sweet potato whitefly      Silverleaf whitefly    
  Fruiting vegetables    Green peach aphid   Potato aphid   Sweet potato whitefly   Silverleaf whitefly
  Cucurbit vegetables    Melon aphid   Green peach aphid   Sweet potato whitefly   Silverleaf whitefly
  Pome fruit    Rosy apple aphid    Green apple aphid
  Stone Fruit    Rusty plum aphid    Black cherry aphid   Mealy plum aphid
  Leaf petiole vegetables       Green peach aphid  Potato aphid, Lettuce aphid       Sweet potato whitefly   Silverleaf whitefly
  Tree nuts   Monellia spp.       Little hickory aphid    Yellow pecan aphid   Black marginated aphid    



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