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INTRODUCING LUNA SENSATION AND LUNA EXPERIENCE FOR PISTACHIOS Luna ® fungicides, the latest innovation from Bayer CropScience, contain a new class of chemistry that will provide unique systemic solutions for protection against Botryosphaeria panicle and shoot blight, Alternaria late blight, Botrytis blossom and shoot blight, and Septoria leaf spot. Luna Sensation and Luna Experience are EPA-registered and approved for use in pistachios. DISEASES CONTROLLED • Botryosphaeria panicle and shoot blight • Alternaria late blight • Botrytis blossom and shoot blight • Septoria leaf spot


Benefits of Luna Fungicides • Exceptional efficacy – Luna Sensation has proven itself in several years of California trials, providing efficacy equal or superior to current leading fungicides for control of the key diseases of pistachios. • New class of chemistry controls resistant strains of Alternaria – Both Luna products maintain excellent Alternaria late blight control where other products are failing due to resistance to carboxamides. • Optional resistance management solution – In orchards where strobilurin- and carboxamide-resistant strains of Alternaria late blight have developed, Bayer recommends Luna Experience as an optional formulation.

The highest level of efficacy available.

The strobi-free alternative.

UNIQUE SDHI FUNGICIDE The new active ingredient in Luna® fungicides – fluopyram – is not a carboxamide. Fluopyram shares the same SDHI mode of action with boscalid, fluxapyroxad and penthiopyrad, but fluopyram behaves very differently. It is uniquely in the pyramide chemical group and differs in shape and in molecular flexibility from other SDHI fungicides. Luna/fluopyram continues to control boscalid-resistant isolates.

Botryosphaeria panicle and shoot blight: In 2011, a pistachio trial including a treatment of Luna Sensation was conducted by Dr. Themis Michailides, UC Davis, in Butte County, CA. For each treatment, four applications were made beginning at full bloom (April 16, June 5, July 7, August 6). Fruit were evaluated for dry yellow/beige fruit on blighted rachises on September 15, 2011.

Percent Botryosphaeria Blighted Fruit

Bayer CropScience recommends Luna Experience not be rotated with other Group 3 (DMI) or Group 7 (SDHI) products. Bayer CropScience recommends Luna Sensation not be rotated with other Group 11 (QoI) or Group 7 (SDHI) products.

Percent Blighted Fruit


CURRENT RESEARCH Alternaria late blight: In 2010, a pistachio trial including a treatment of Luna Sensation/Scala ® was conducted by Dr. Themis Michailides, UC Davis, at the Kearney Agricultural Center. For each treatment, applications were made on June 3, July 6 and August 5 and the whole tree was evaluated for Alternaria late blight on a 1 to 5 scale on September 20.


46 ab

54 a

40 30 20 10

30 bcd

30 bcd

Fontelis™ @ 14 oz

Inspire Super™ @ 20 oz

16 cde

0 Luna® Sensation @ 5 oz

Quash® @ 4 oz


Septoria Control with Luna Sensation

Alternaria Late Blight Alternaria late blight control Treatment & Rate/A

5 = best disease control 1 = worst disease control

Luna® Sensation @ 5 oz Scala® @ 18 oz Luna® Sensation @ 5 oz

4.2 ab

Quilt Xcel® @ 20 oz

3.4 cdef

Quash® 50 WG @ 4 oz

3.4 cdef

Pristine® @12.5 oz

3.3 def

Inspire Super TM @ 20 oz

3.3 def


1.9 g

LSD (P = 0.05) All treatments received 3 applications

Luna Sensation-protected (foreground), grower standard (background).

MRL TIMELINE Luna Sensation and Luna Experience are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are approved for sale. Bayer CropScience is establishing Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in export countries. All established MRLs are posted on the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Web site. This information will be kept current as the final MRLs are received. For MRL updates, go to

Check out the difference Luna makes at IMPORTANT: This bulletin is not intended to provide adequate information for use of these products. Read the label before using these products. Observe all label directions and precautions while using these products. Bayer CropScience LP, 2 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Not all products are registered for use in every state. Bayer (reg’d), the Bayer Cross (reg’d), Luna and Scala are registered trademarks of Bayer. Quilt Xcel® and Inspire Super are trademarks of Syngenta Group Company. Fontelis is a trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Pristine is a registered trademark of BASF Corporation. Quash is a registered trademark of Valent U.S.A. Corporation. For additional product information, call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our Web site at CRP1211LUNAAA0203-R00

2012 Luna® Pistachio Fungicide - Product Bulletin  

Luna® fungicides, the latest innovation from Bayer CropScience, contain a new class of chemistry that will provide unique systemic solutions...

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