Chrysal and Syngenta Flowers renew partnership for post-harvest treatment
Ethylene damage is one of the biggest problems contributing to shrinkage at retail stores. In 2018, Chrysal and Syngenta Flowers joined forces to bring a solution to the market, Chrysal Alesco. Chrysal and Syngenta Flowers recently announced they have renewed their partnership to continue offering this cost-effective post-harvest treatment to growers.
All ethylene-sensitive plants have ethylene receptors. When ethylene is nearby, it binds with the receptor and triggers the process of senescence, which causes symptoms like petal shatter, flower wilt, bud abortion, yellowing, etc. The active ingredient in Chrysal Alesco works by binding with the receptor instead of ethylene and blocking those negative symptoms from happening.
A simple spray of Chrysal Alesco a few days before shipping extends flower longevity and increases shelf life by up to 3 weeks, depending on the variety and environmental conditions.
“Through extensive trialing, we have proven just how effective Chrysal Alesco is in protecting many of our industry’s most important crops from the damaging effects of ethylene during transport. This includes geraniums from petal shatter and bud abortion and petunias from flower meltdown. Chrysal Alesco is essential for making sure there is strong sell-through at retail and the best possible customer experience to keep them coming back for more,” explains Alicain Carlson, head of ttechnical services for Syngenta Flowers.