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Submitted: January 27, 2021 | Approved: February 18, 2021 | Published: February 19, 2021

How to cite this article: Khalil MS, Selim RE. Fluorinated nematicides: Novel classes in the way. J Plant Sci Phytopathol. 2021; 5: 014-016.

DOI: 10.29328/journal.jpsp.1001055

Copyright License: © 2021 Khalil MS, et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Keywords: Nematicides; Fluensulfone, Fluopyram

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Fluorinated nematicides: Novel classes in the way

Mohamed S Khalil* and Rasha E Selim

Agricultural Research Center, Central Agricultural Pesticides Laboratory (CAPL), El- Sabaheya, Alexandria, Egypt

*Address for Correspondence: Dr. Mohamed Salah Khalil, Researcher, Agricultural Research Center, Central Agricultural Pesticides Laboratory, Fungicides, Bactericides and Nematicides Department, Tel: 002/0100-929-7847; Email:


The demand on non- fumigant nematicides was strongly increased in the last few years, and this interesting in nematicides are due to farmers are needed for safer pesticides and increasing of the regulatory pressure on many of the traditional nematicides. The control of plant parasitic nematodes with synthetic nematicides is the most widespread and preferred method, but not always effective enough. The most of synthetic nematicides especially non-fumigants are high toxic to non-target organisms. Thus, Novel non-fumigant nematicides were appeared as alternatives.

The group of trifluoromethyl contains both fluensulfone and fluopyram which are different in mode of action than traditional nematicides as organophosphate and carbamate. Meanwhile, results indicated that fluensulfone and fluopyram are promising nematicides. These new nematicides are very different from traditional nematicides; they are more selective, less toxic and safer to use.


Around the world, farmers are usually depending on fumigant or non-fumigant nematicides such as methyl bromide, several organophosphates (fosthiazate, ethoprophos and fenamiphos) and carbamate (oxamyl) to manage plant parasitic nematodes. The expanded use in chemical nematicides is due to their prompt efficacy, easy in application and the relatively low cost [1,2]. The extensive use of the traditional nematicides causes certain environmental and resistance problems, which cause a kind of restriction in the usage, therefore new classes of nematicides are become needed.

Fluensulfone and fluopyram both are new nematicides which have at least three fluorine atoms in their molecular structure (3-F nematicides), in addition they are much safer in their toxicity profile than older nematicides [3]. Fluensulfone is one of new non-fumigant nematicides which belong to fluoroalkenyle class that was registered in the USA during 2014. Moreover, Fluensulfone is safer than nematostatic organophosphates and carbamates, as well as has low toxicity to non-target organisms [4-6], however, fluensulfone use as soil application, while foliar application as systemic action against nematodes still under investigation. Fluensulfone is irreversible nematicide which affecting the nematodes mobility [7].

In the same context, fluopyram is a new nematicide that has been recently registered under various trade names. It was first discovered and registered as a fungicide, but recently has been registered as a nematicide. Fluopyram has effect on the mobility of nematodes, presenting nematostatic action in species of M. incognita and Rotylenchulus reniformis [3]. Therefore, in this review we aimed to throw a light on new classes of nematicides, as well as, their usage and properties.

Fluoroalkenyl sulfone class

Recently, new nematicide was registered and this compound namely, Fluensulfone (CAS No. 318290-98-1; 5-chloro-2-(3,4,4-trifluorobut-3-enylsulfonyl)-1,3-thiazole), which belonging to the fluoroalkenyl class [8,9]. This compound produced by Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd, and was registered in EPA during 2014. Fluensulfone (Nimitz®) was approved as a nematicide on tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, potato, carrot, sugarcane, watermelons, okra and cantaloupe.

Fluensulfone appears as a white fine crystalline Powder with melting point of 34.4 °C. It has a low log Pow (1.96) and the water solubility was 545.3 mg l-1 at 20 °C [10]. Therefore, this compound has good systemicity and soil movement can be expected. The degradation half-life (DT50) was range from 11 to 22 days [7]. Moreover, the half-life of fluensulfone by light (photo-degradation) in water not exceeded 1 day and it is stable to hydrolysis.

However, the environmental profile mentions that fluensulfone nontoxic to Birds, Honeybee, and Earthworms, while it was slightly toxic to fish of freshwater. Fluensulfone has moderate toxicity against invertebrates of freshwater, but it was highly toxic to freshwater green algae [11].

On the other hand, fluensulfone mode of action (MoA) was depending on the inhibition of medium-chain acyl CoA dehydrogenases, which play a major role in mobilization of lipids on which nematodes rely for energy [12-14]. Moreover, inhibition in egg laying, egg hatching, development, feeding and locomotion were recorded with fluensulfone in nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans [15]. Also, derivatives of difluoroalkenyl group recorded inhibition in β-oxidation of fatty acids in the mitochondria [16].

According to various investigations, the nematicidal efficacy of fluensulfone included; root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita, Meloidogyne hapla and Meloidogyne javanica), Potato cyst nematode (Globodera pallida), Soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines), Sting nematode (Belonolaimus spp.), Stubby‐root nematode (Trichodorus spp.), Stem nematode (Ditylenchus spp.) and root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus penetrans) [11,17,18].

Fluensulfone (Nimitz®) was formulated as 48% EC and used at the rate of 2 to 4 l/ acres depending on several factors such as nematode population levels, crop rotation scheme and selection of susceptible or resistant cultivars. Nimitz® 48% was applied through drip injection and broadcast or banding with mechanical incorporation. Fluensulfone (Nimitz®) has recommended as a single application 7 days prior to transplanting to ensure both performance and crop safety [19].

Pyridinyl-ethyl-benzamide class

Fluopyram (CAS No.658066-35-4; N-[2-[3-chloro-5-(trifluoromethyl)-2-pyridinyl] ethyl]-2- (trifluoromethyl) benzamide), is a new broad spectrum nematicide belonging to the pyridinyl-ethyl-benzamide class which mainly use as a fungicide. Fluopyram was discovered, developed and produced by Bayer Crop Science as a broad spectrum fungicide (Luna®) [20] and introduced globally as a nematicide in 2013 under the trade name Verango® in Honduras for use on bananas as a drench application [21] (Figure 1).

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Figure 1: Fluensulfone structure.

During 2014 Bayer received approval from the US EPA for fluopyram as ILevo® a soybean seed treatment product for control of sudden death syndrome (SDS), providing also control of nematodes in the seed zone. While in 2015 approval was granted in the United States for the insecticide/nematicide Velum Total®. This product, containing fluopyram and imidacloprid, provides control of all economically relevant nematodes and early season insects in cotton and peanuts.

Fluopyram has melting point of 118 °C and its boiling point is 319 °C. Also, it has a low log Pow (3.3) and the water solubility was 16 mg l-1 at 20 °C (Clarke and Delaney 2003). While vapor pressure (Pa at 20 °C) 1.2 × 10-6 [22].

According to Rieck and Coqueron [20] fluopyram is a new subclass of complex II respiration inhibitors (FRAC, group7), which belongs to succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI). In nematodes the compound has been described to inhibit mitochondrial respiration quinone-dependent succinate reductase (complex II – SQR inhibition), which leads to a fast and severe depletion of the nematode’s cellular energy (adenosine triphosphate, ATP) [23,24].

Certain genera of plant parasitic nematodes are controlled significantly by fluopyram including; Globodera spp, Radopholus spp, Rotyenchulus reniformis Pratylenchus spp, Helicotylenchus spp. In addition, the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita and the soybean cyst nematode, Heterodera glycines [4,17,18,25-27].

Fluopyram (Velum®) was formulated as 40% SC which is suitable for foliar, soil and seed treatment applications. Fluopyram is limited in xylem movement, thus the direct contact is important for suppression nematodes. Fluopyram recommended on potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumber, melon, zucchini, carrots, coffee, bananas, corn, cotton, soybean, sugarcane and cucurbits as well as tobacco [23,28] (Figure 2).

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Figure 2: Fluopyram structure.

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