Qalcova™ Active and Jemvelva™ Active (Spinosyns)


Spinosad and Spinetoram Solutions Support Quality Food Production

Good food is fundamental to good living. Food nourishes us in so many ways, fueling our bodies and connecting us to one another. Because food is so central to how we live, people around the world want – and need – quality, healthy food that’s responsibly grown, readily available, and affordable year-round. Every year, demand increases. And every year, as much as 40 percent of our food supply is lost to pests.

Whether it’s organic, non-organic, local or imported, farmers are on the front lines of producing the food to meet this demand, fighting to keep threats like pests at bay while maintaining a delicate environmental balance in the field.

Corteva Agriscience supports farmers in that fight with important discoveries, including innovations that led to the development of Qalcova™ active (spinosad) and Jemvelva™ active (spinetoram), two EPA Green Chemistry Award-winning active ingredients derived from naturally occurring soil bacteria. In more than 100 countries, Qalcova  (spinosad) and Jemvelva (spinetoram) protect more than 250 crops, including the fruits and vegetables we all count on to add nutrition and variety to our plates.

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What Makes Qalcova™ Active (spinosad) and Jemvelva™ Active (spinetoram) Unique?

Derived from naturally occurring soil bacteria


Both molecules are made by fermenting the soil bacterium Saccharopolyspora spinosa. In 1988, this process produced Qalcova™ active (spinosad), the first commercial spinosyn and a form of natural pest control. A decade later, scientists discovered they could improve on this class of chemistry through subtle yet sophisticated chemical modifications. The result was Jemvelva™ active (spinetoram), which maintains the favorable environmental properties of Qalcova, but works faster, lasts longer, is more effective at lower use rates and controls more pests.
















Favorable environmental profile to help meet sustainability goals


The active ingredients in both Qalcova (spinosad) and Jemvelva (spinetoram) have received multiple recognitions, including EPA Green Chemistry Awards for products that reduce negative impacts on the environment. Because of its natural origin, certain products containing Qalcova can be certified for organic agriculture, pending local regulation. With excellent performance in the field and favorable environmental profiles, global demand for Qalcova and Jemvelva is growing and both products continue to receive prestigious awards for their contributions to farming.
































































Unique mode of action for integrated pest management (IPM)


Qalcova (spinosad) and Jemvelva (spinetoram) are ideal for use in IPM programs and can be rotated with any other group of insecticides. Qalcova and Jemvelva are sole members of the IRAC Group 5 mode of action classification and have no known cross-resistance with other groups of insecticides. Both active ingredients provide sustainable solutions for controlling damaging pests, including a range of lepidopteran species and thrips, with safety for most beneficial insects. Qalcova is approved for organic pest control in many countries and is the #1 organic insecticide in the world.


Committed to Sustainability

The development of Qalcova™ active (spinosad) back in 1988, and subsequently, Jemvelva™ active (spinetoram), are just two examples of our commitment to investing in active ingredients with favorable environmental profiles to improve on-farm productivity and help meet consumer needs. Farmers have to control destructive insects in their crops, and active ingredients like Qalcova and Jemvelva give them options for pest control that protects our food while minimizing impacts on the environment.

Our Innovation

Qalcova and Jemvelva have many characteristics that contribute to Corteva’s commitment to advancing sustainable agriculture.