Agress® / AgreGuard™ Crop Protection

Innovotech : Products : Agress® / AgreGuard™ Crop Protection

Agress® Overview

The agricultural industry is in need of more effective products to treat a host of crop diseases where current technology is either inefficient or poses environmental safety risks. Innovotech has developed Agress® Seed Treatment, a high oxidation state silver compound that effectively kills bacterial and fungal pathogens.

Agress has several important attributes:

  1. Unique effectiveness against both bacterial and fungal infestations;
  2. Competitive cost;
  3. Low environmental impact.
Agress®, Innovotech’s environmentally friendly crop protection product, is effective as a seed treatment or foliar spray against bean blight., and is useful for applications in greenhouses or other high value operations. The study was looking at naturally infested chickpea with Ascochyta.


Innovotech has initiated the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval process for Agress; however, this product has not been registered with the EPA and is not available for sale or distribution. Any claim, reference to or implication that this product is approved as a pesticide is unintentional.


Laboratory testing demonstrated potent activity against a variety of disease-causing bacteria and fungi.

Health & Safety

  • Naturally occurring element = low environment impact
  • Effective at very low concentrations = low environment impact
  • No accumulation or residue detectable in plant tissues = reduced risk
  • Low risk of microbial resistance = reduced risk

Research & Development

Expansion of Agress® claims will continue in agricultural crops of importance.
AgreGuard™ trials will determine its role as a crop protection product.

Field Trials

  • Agress® has no negative impact on the emergence or yield of dry beans
  • Amount of silver on treated seed less than soil background silver levels
  • No silver uptake in bean plants

Greenhouse trials

  • Agress® had no negative effect on germination, emergence or vigour on dry bean (pinto and great northern)
  • Agress® had no negative effect on germination or emergence in chickpea (desi and kabuli), lentil, field pea or soybean

Seed-borne diseases controlled by Agress®


A. Dry Bean

Halo blight Pseudomonas Syringae pv. Phaseolicola
Brown spot Pseudomonas Syringae pv. Syringae
Common blight Xanthomonas Axonopodis pv. Phaseoli
Bacterial wilt Curtobacterium Flaccumfacines pv. Flaccumfaciens

B. Dry/Field Pea

Bacterial blight Pseudomonas Syringae pv. Pisi
Pink seed Erwinia Rhapontici

C. Soybean

Bacterial blight Pseudomonas Savastonoi pv. Glycines
Bacterial pustule Xanthomonas Axonopodis pv. Glycines

D. Chickpea

Bacterial leaf spot Pseudomonas Andropogonis


A. Dry Bean

Anthracnose Colletotrichum Lindemuthianum

B. Lentil

Anthracnose Colletotrichum Truncatum

C. Field Pea

Anthracnose Colletotrichum Gloeosporoides
Colletotrichum Pisi

D. Soybean

Anthracnose Colletotrichum Truncatum

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