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Miticides and Nematicides Require Specialized Expertise for Marketers

-- New Kline Reports on U.S. Miticide and Nematicide Markets Highlight Specific Strategies --
LITTLE FALLS, NJ, March 5, 2008 – Understanding the evolving needs of growers in implementing nematicide and miticide programs has become increasingly complex for U.S. marketers in recent years. Key changes have occurred in these two segments of the pesticides market, which account for about $500 million in annual sales at the manufacturers’ level, according to analysts at Kline & Company, a worldwide research and consulting firm.

For the nematicides market, the regulatory pressure on methyl bromide has prompted producers of high-value fruits and vegetables to seek out new options. Miticide manufacturers, on the other hand, have seen two developments that made the market attractive for new, targeted active ingredients: the selective development of resistance to propargite, the main product in the fight against crop-destroying mites, and the increasing use of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies that recognize the need to preserve beneficial insects.

“Until the last few years, a few specialized active ingredients, along with some broad-spectrum insecticides, were enough to meet the market needs, and the potential market size did not justify new development,” says Dennis Fugate, industry manager for Kline’s Specialty Pesticides practice.

Two recently published reports from Kline, Miticides 2007: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, the first analysis of its kind on the miticides market, and Nematicides 2007: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities, the second edition of the company’s established report on the nematicides market, give marketers a comprehensive overview of the complexities of these changes in the pesticides market.

Miticides 2007: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities is an analysis of infestations, treatment methods, and chemicals used to treat mites on major field and specialty crops. The study covers four crop categories and 30 different crop and noncrop markets to determine the extent of recognized mite damage, important mite species, and the degree to which nonchemical or biorational methods are used along with chemical miticides to control these pests.

Nematicides 2007: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities covers four crop categories and 16 different crop markets to determine the extent of recognized nematode damage, important nematode species, and the degree to which the damage is treated with cultural practices versus chemicals and fumigants. Sales and market share data by active ingredient for 2006 or 2007 is shown for each crop market. Estimates of active ingredient consumption and application rates are also provided.

For more information about this research, go to www.klinegroup.com/reports/reports_agpesticides.asp?category=1 or contact Dennis Fugate at +1-973-435-3436 or dennis_fugate@klinegroup.com.

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