Axalion, BASF's latest insecticide, receives new mode of action classification by targeting specific organs in piercing and sucking pests; insecticide is designed to safeguard fruits, vegetables, row crops and ornamentals

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May 4, 2023 (press release) –

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  • Axalion is the sole representative of Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) Group 36
  • First new mode of action classification for the control of piercing and sucking insects since 2015
  • New insecticide innovation provides farmers with much-needed tool to control resistant pests

Axalion® Active, BASF’s newest insecticide innovation, was recently designated as a new and distinct mode of action by the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC). Based on research and discovery by BASF, Axalion is the only representative of the new “Group 36”, targeting a new site in chordotonal organs. Axalion is the first insecticide for the control of piercing and sucking pests to receive a new IRAC mode of action classification since 2015.

“We are extremely excited about the new IRAC classification as Axalion is not only the sole representative of new Group 36, but it is also the only representative of a unique insecticidal class of chemistry, the Pyridazine amides,” said Harold Bastiaans, Vice President Global Research Insecticides at BASF Agricultural Solutions. “New modes of action, such as Axalion, offer growers greater flexibility to control target pests while helping to reduce insecticide resistance.”

Axalion is BASF’s newest insecticide innovation and contains the active ingredient dimpropyridaz. It is designed to safeguard a broad range of fruits, vegetables, row crops and ornamentals from damaging piercing and sucking insect pests. Specifically designed to work harmoniously with beneficials and pollinators when applied in accordance with label instructions, Axalion controls pests that have developed resistance to existing chemistries. Already available for use in Australia as Efficon® Insecticide, farmers in Asia Pacific, Europe and South America are expected to have access to Axalion in the near future.

The only member of new IRAC Group 36, Axalion quickly disrupts the function of chordotonal stretch receptor organs which are tiny sensory organs that provide insects with their senses of hearing, orientation, and balance. Once the functionality of these organs is disrupted, the target pests become uncoordinated, and unable to feed and/or transmit viruses.

IRAC is an international organization founded by the agrochemical industry to facilitate communication and education on insecticide resistance, and to promote the development of resistance management strategies to maintain efficacy and support sustainable agriculture and improved public health. More information about IRAC can be found here.

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

Farming is fundamental to provide enough healthy and affordable food for a rapidly growing population while reducing environmental impacts. Working with partners and agricultural experts and by integrating sustainability criteria into all business decisions, we help farmers to create a positive impact on sustainable agriculture. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline, connecting innovative thinking with practical action in the field. Our portfolio comprises seeds and specifically selected plant traits, chemical and biological crop protection, solutions for soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we strive to find the right balance for success – for farmers, agriculture and future generations. In 2022, our division generated sales of €10.3 billion. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.


About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €87.3 billion in 2022. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. Further information at



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