Over the past four decades, fungicides have become an integral input in the production of cereals in Ireland. They are critical to help us battle fungal cereal diseases that thrive in our wet and mild climate. The 1980s and early 1990s were regarded as the golden era for fungicide development, with some of the most widely recognised fungicides developed during this period, most notable of which include a suite of azoles and strobilurins.

Since then, increased costs of development, coupled with increasing regulations on usage, have significantly reduced the flow of new fungicides making their way from the point of innovation through to commercialisation.