CCM: Market situation and outlook of SDHI fungicides 10-28-2016

Summary: In recent years, SDHI fungicides have been launched and penetrated into Chinese market. SDHI fungicides show growth momentum, attracting a lot of attentions of pesticide enterprises.


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In recent years, SDHI (succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors) fungicides have been launched and penetrated into Chinese market. SDHI fungicides show growth momentum after new products launched, attracting a lot of attentions of pesticide enterprises. At present, SDHI fungicides present characteristics in China as follows:

Multinational enterprises’ parented products penetrating into Chinese market 

At present, the top six pesticide giants, such as Syngenta, Bayer, BASF and Monsanto Company, have already participated in the R&D of SDHI fungicides directly or indirectly. Altogether 18 SDHI fungicides have entered into or will hit the market in the world. Large multinationals have developed patented products, penetrating into Chinese market.

Part of SDHI fungicides having entered into Chinese market

Currently, there are 9 SDHI fungicide varieties having been registered in China, 166 products in total.

  • Thifluzamide (89 registrations)
  • Carboxin (28 registrations)
  • Boscalid (17 registrations)
  • ŸFlutolanil (8 registrations)
  • ŸFluopyram (7 registrations)
  • ŸSedaxane (5 registrations)
  • Fluxapyroxad (5 registrations)
  • Isopyrazam (5 registrations)
  • Penflufen (2 registrations)


Only half of SDHI fungicide varieties have entered into Chinese market. 


Domestic enterprises concentrated on R&D off-patented pesticides


Currently, the domestic enterprises’ R&D in SDHI fungicides is outdated, no novel pesticide variety has been created. They keep an eye on R&D in off-patented pesticides, such as thifluzamide and boscalid, or they develop single formulations and mixed formulations.

SDHI fungicide resistances yet not appearing widely in China

A few cases of SDHI fungicide resistance have been reported in China, only for boscalid. There is no resistance report for products which have been developed in recent ten years, indicating that SDHI fungicide resistance has yet not appeared widely in China. Along with the wide development and frequent usage, it's inevitable to avoid SDHI fungicide resistance.

In the future, SDHI fungicides will develop towards two aspects:

Develop new varieties 

New SDHI fungicides have hit the market, leading the new trend in fungicide market. Compared with other fungicides, SDHI fungicides are higher in selling price, but better in efficacy. Until now, no resistance case has appeared in main application areas. More and more farmers gradually get familiar with and accept SDHI fungicides. At the same time, Chinese pesticide enterprises also should focus on the R&D of SDHI fungicides, and develop different kinds of new products.

Develop mixed formulations of off-patented pesticides

Except that penthiopyrad patent will expire in 2016, the patent of fluxapyroxad, bixafen, penflufen, sedaxane, lsopyrazam, benzovindiflupyr, fluopyram and isofetamid will expire in 2022-2026. There are several years for the patent expiration, to develop off-patented SDHI pesticides is a good choice for enterprises. Industry insiders think that to develop mixed formulations of off-patented SDHI pesticides will represent prospects in China.

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