Press Release •  23/03/2021

Corteva Agriscience Announces New Global Brand for Naturally Derived Spinosyn Insecticides

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Qalcova™ active and Jemvelva™ active headline Corteva’s growing portfolio of sustainable innovations 

Corteva Agriscience announced today that it is implementing the new global brand names of Qalcova™ active (pronounced “kal-KO-vuh”) for spinosad, and Jemvelva™ active (pronounced “jem-VEL-vuh”) for spinetoram, demonstrating Corteva’s commitment to building best-in-class, sustainable solutions for farmers. Together, these two naturally-derived active ingredients — both Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners — provide farmers worldwide with effective insect control options for more than 250 crops, including fruits, vegetables, soybeans, corn, rice and others. 

“With unique and consistent global brands, farmers can be confident that products labeled with Qalcova active or Jemvelva active demonstrate the benefits of Corteva Agriscience’s exceptional research, development and testing,” said Santosh Mangalam, Global Portfolio Leader, Corteva Agriscience. 

“They’ll also be able to better recognize the high-quality active ingredients from Corteva in a growing insecticide market.”  

Produced through a proprietary natural fermentation process, Qalcova, the active ingredient in products including Entrust™ SC Naturalyte™ insecticide and Success™ Naturalyte insecticide, and Jemvelva, the active ingredient in Sparta™ and Uphold™ insecticides, belong to a class of insecticidal chemistry (Group 5) that does not show cross-resistance to other classes of chemistry. This makes the products in this portfolio a good fit for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) programs.

Both Qalcova and Jemvelva have been awarded the U.S. EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award, which recognizes novel chemistry solutions that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use. They reflect Corteva’s commitment sustainable innovation and support the company’s 2030 Sustainability Goals

The new names specifically recall this connection to nature. Qalcova was inspired by “alcove,”  reflecting the product’s proven ability to provide natural protection. Jemvela incorporates “gem” and “velvet,” suggesting a naturally derived, hidden treasure that’s soft and gentle on the environment.  

Corteva anticipates farmers will continue to demand products containing Qalcova and Jemvelva, with sales anticipated to increase by 30% by 2023. An investment in the Corteva Agriscience Midland, Mich., manufacturing facility, announced in 2019, will help enable this growth. 

Local commercial teams are coordinating plans to integrate this brand into Corteva marketing and packaging materials in the coming year.