Frequently Asked Questions for the Public
What is Isoclast™ active?
Isoclast™ active (sulfoxaflor) is a new insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences that belongs to a new chemical class of insecticides called the sulfoximines. Isoclast effectively and economically controls sap-feeding insects on major crops.
Which crops benefit from the protection of Isoclast?
Isoclast provides effective and economical control of sap-feeding insects and is used in major crop groups, including soybeans, cotton, leafy and fruiting vegetables, pome and stone fruits, rice, cereals, citrus, cole crops, grapes, and other crops.
Which pests does Isoclast control?
Isoclast controls difficult-to-control sap-feeding insect pests, including most species of aphids, leafhoppers, mealybugs, plant bugs, planthoppers, stink bugs, and whiteflies, and certain species of psyllids and scale insects.
Isoclast provides the following benefits:
- Effective at low use rates
- Fast-acting with residual control
- Moves throughout the plant to better control pests
- Effective against insect pest populations resistant to other insecticides
- Valuable rotation partner with other insecticides
- Minimal impact on beneficial insects, including bees and natural enemies, when applicators follow label directions for use
Does Isoclast negatively impact bees or bee hives?
No. Isoclast is registered in approximately 40 countries and has been used on millions of hectares, over five growing seasons with no reports of any adverse effect on bees or pollinators. In fact, the adoption of Isoclast has reduced the use of products that have less favorable environmental profiles.
New insecticides like Isoclast are selective and designed to focus on controlling harmful insects while having low impact on beneficial insects. When used according to the label, products in the Isoclast family have been proven to have a minimal impact on beneficial insects.
Dow AgroSciences is committed to harnessing science to help solve the problems stemming from increasing global demand for agricultural outputs, including those posed for bees and bee health.
Is Isoclast a neonic?
No, Isoclast is not a neonicotinoid. Discovered by and proprietary to Dow AgroSciences, Isoclast is currently the sole member of the sulfoximine class of insecticides. For more information, visit this page.
Are there alternative crop protection solutions that exist other than Isoclast?
Yes, however the adoption of Isoclast has reduced the use of products that have less favorable environmental profiles. As the only sulfoximine insecticide, Isoclast is highly effective against populations of sap-feeding insects that are resistant to these alternative insecticides.
Over time, insect pests have the ability to develop resistance, or become less sensitive to many of these insecticides. Because of its unique properties and broad lack of cross-resistance, Isoclast is an important rotation partner with other insecticide chemistries and will enhance insect resistance management (IRM) strategies.