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New Novartis Patent VI

Synergistic effects and advantages of the "invention" as described in
patent WO9935913.

"In particular, it has been found, surprisingly, that within the scope
of invention the pesticidal activity of a nitroimino- or
nitroguanidino-compound in combination with the effect expressed by the
transgenic useful plant, is not only additive in comparison with the
pesticidal activities of the nitroimino- or nitroguanidino- compound
alone and of the transgenic useful plant alone, as can generally be
expected, but that a synergistic effect is present. The term
"synergistic", however, is in no way to be understood in this connection
as being restricted to the pesticidal activity, but the term also refers
to other advantageous properties of the method according to the
invention compared with the nitroimino- or nitroguanidino-compound and
the transgenic useful plant alone.
Examples of such advantageous properties which may be mentioned are:
-extension of the pesticidal spectrum of action to other pests, for
example to resistant strains;
-reduction in the application rate of the nitroimino- or
nitroguanidino-compound, or sufficient control of the pests with the aid
of the compositions according to the invention even at an application
rate of the nitroimino- or nitroguanidino-compound alone and the
transgenic useful plant alone are entirely ineffective;
-enhanced crop safety;
-improved quality of produce such as higher content of nutrient or oil,
better fiber quality, enhanced shelf life, reduced content of toxic
products such as mycotoxins, reduced content of residues or unfavorable
constituents of any kind or better digestability;
-improved tolerance to unfavorable temperatures, draughts or salt
content of water;
-enhanced assimilation rates such as nutrient uptake and photosynthesis;

-favorable crop properties such as altered leaf aerea, reduced
vegetative growth, increased yields, favorable seedshape/seedthickness
or germinisation properties, altered colonialisation by saprophytes or
epiphytes, reduction of senescence, improved phytoalexin production,
improved or accelerated ripening, flower set increase, reduced boll fall
and shattering, better attraction to beneficials and predators,
increased pollination, reduced attraction to birds; or other advantages
known to those skilled in the art"

I will check some of the details of the patent again, especially the
part that mentions a reduction rate of 40-50%!