WETCIT® Adjuvant, with TransPhloem™ Technology, Improves Herbicide Resistance Management

FRESNO, CA – An independent University of Illinois study has shown that WETCIT® adjuvant, now with TransPhloem™ technology, provides greater herbicide uptake and faster translocation of systemic herbicides, like Roundup, compared to other widely used adjuvants.

As part of the larger study, phosphorescent images of lambsquarter treated with a C14 radio isotope of glyphosate and the adjuvants being tested provided evidence that WETCIT delivered more herbicide into the roots faster than other types of adjuvants.

“Better translocation delivers more herbicide to the roots to do the job of killing weeds in both pre-season burn down and in-season applications. This means a lethal dose of herbicide is more likely will be delivered to the roots and the chance of resistance developing is lessened” explains Riley Reynolds, Director of Sales & Marketing for Oro Agri, Inc. He adds, “In addition, the ability of WETCIT to move foliar herbicides into plants more quickly means applications have less of a chance to be adversely affected by environmental conditions, like a pop-up rain shower. Overall, WETCIT, with TransPhloem technology, protects growers’ investments with better herbicide performance and, hopefully, less concern about weed resistance.”    

Conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois, the Oro Agri Inc.-commissioned study compared the absorption, penetration, and translocation rates of foliar applications made with radio isotope solutions of Roundup PowerMax, used alone, and combined with WETCIT and other popular types of adjuvants: crop oil concentrates, methylated seed oils, high surfactant methylated seed oils, and non-ionic surfactants. 

Once the materials have been absorbed and penetrated the leaf surface, WETCIT’s TransPhloem technology moves active ingredients into the phloem. The study showed WETCIT offers fast translocation of a herbicide from the leaf surface into the plant’s petiole in as little as 15 minutes after application. It also found that a dramatically higher percentage of glyphosate is moved into the plant, including the roots, when combined with WETCIT, compared to other adjuvant types.

In summary, the university study found that, upon application, WETCIT delivers more post-emergent, systemic herbicide to weeds’ roots faster than other types of adjuvants providing the potential to kill weeds faster and reducing the amount of water and nutrients they could steal from growers’ crops.

Visit www.wetcitusa.com for more information about WETCIT with TransPhloem technology. Or call 559-442-4996.


About ORO AGRI, Inc.
ORO AGRI, Inc. is part of the ORO AGRI Group that develops and manufactures innovative biorational products using OROWET® technology for agricultural, turf and ornamental, and industrial applications worldwide. Established in 2001, the ORO AGRI Group started with a single product and has expanded its product range as well as its global presence. Today, the company serves customers in over 80 countries. The vision of the company is to grow shareholder value through continual innovation, development and commercialization of a broad range of highly effective, low environmental impact, biorational products providing competitive solutions to serve growers’ increasing needs to enhance yields and sustain crop health. 


For more information, contact:

Rich Fedigan
Marketing Manager
559-442-4996
rfedigan@oroagri.com