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A ketoenol insecticide for the control of a range of insect pests in Brussels sprouts, broccoli/ calabrese, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, lettuce, potatoes, onions, carrots, swede, turnip and parsnip.

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What is Movento?

A ketoenal insecticide for the control of a range of insect pests in Brussels sprouts, broccoli/calabrese, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, lettuce, potatoes, onions, carrots, suede, turnip and parsnip.

Product Profile

Active substance Spirotetramat 150 g/L
Formulation Oil Dispersion (OD)
Pack Size                    
1 Litre
Water Volume
See 'How and when to apply'
Buffer Zone None
MAPP 18435

Important Information

Crops Max. individual dose
Max. number of treatments
Latest time of application

Brussels sprouts (outdoor)
Broccoli/calabrese (outdoor)
Cabbage (outdoor)
Cauliflower (outdoor)
Collards (outdoor)
Kale (outdoor)

0.5 L/ha 2 3 day before harvest
Lettuce (outdoor and protected)
0.5 L/ha 2 7 days before harvest
Potato (outdoor)
0.48 L/ha 4 14 days before harvest
Carrot (outdoor) and parsnip (outdoor)
0.3 L/ha 2 21 days before harvest
Swede (outdoor) and turnip (outdoor)
0.5 L/ha 2 21 days before harvest
Onion (outdoor) and shallot (outdoor)
0.48 L/ha 4 7 days before harvest


Avoid spraying within 5m of the field boundary to reduce effects on non-target insects or other arthropods.

All varieties may be treated but if the crop is intended for processing consult the processor before the use of Movento.


Why you need Movento

  • Protects the whole plant
  • Provides lasting control
  • Broad spectrum sucking pest control
  • Safe to beneficials for excellent IPM
  • No cross resistance



How Movento works

Spirotetramat, the active substance in Movento, offers a unique combination of attributes.

Protects the whole plant: two-way systemicity

Typical systemic insecticides, such as thiacloprid, are transported in the xylem only – outwards and upwards from the point of application: they are one-way systemic.

Spirotetramat is additionally transported in the phloem, and so can move back down into the plant to the roots and towards new growth; this makes it two-way systemic.


 As a result, Movento not only controls hidden and hard-to-target pests, but delivers unrivalled protection of new growth. Sucking pests merely have to ingest spirotetramat while actively feeding to ensure control.

 After being sprayed on the leaf, inactive spirotetramat is converted to spirotetramat cis-enol, which is active and highly mobile in xylem and phloem.


Gives thorough, lasting control: lifecycle disruption

Movento’s mode of action breaks the lifecycle and is therefore highly effective in reducing pest populations and avoiding bounce-back.

Insects rely heavily on lipids (fats and similar substances) for their metabolic needs, particularly to aid reproduction, embryogenesis (formation and development of young), metamorphosis and moulting (moving from one growth stage to another) and flight.

Spirotetramat inhibits acetyl CoA carboxylase (ACC-ase), which in turn inhibits lipid biosynthesis. This offers very powerful opportunities for control. Young insects cannot mature, leading to lack of fecundity and fertility. Eggs fail to hatch. Larvae fail to develop. Moults are incomplete. Adult females accumulate nymphs and die.



When and how to apply

Timing application – all crops

Due to its mode of action, rapid knockdown of pests should not be expected. Obvious control usually occurs after 3–7 days and is dependent upon pest stage, with youngest larvae being most susceptible and adults least susceptible. For optimum control, application should be made as soon as pests appear in the crop, so that population build up is prevented through targeting the very young larval stages as they are produced.

Through its two-way systemicity, the active ingredient spirotetramat is translocated to growing points and is able to reach hidden pests in heart leaves and on roots. However, it is important to note that there is little movement from new leaves to older leaves, so good spray cover on older leaves will be particularly important.

To get the best from Movento, apply when plants are actively growing and pests are actively feeding. Avoid application to crops that are not actively growing (e.g. during drought or cold periods) as movement of the active substance and hence efficacy will be impaired.

Rather than putting a cut-off date on the calendar beyond which Movento should not be used, consider the season. In a mild autumn conditions and growth may continue to be suitable into October and November. However in a cooler, earlier autumn, growth and pest activity may have slowed to the point of being unsuitable by the end of September.

Brussels sprouts, broccoli/calabrese, cabbage, cauliflower, collards and kale.

For the control of mealy cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae), peach potato aphid (Myzus persicae), brassica whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella) and swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii).

Apply Movento as pests start to build up in the crop.

Dose: 0.5 L/ha in 300–600 L water/ha.

Long lasting control from Movento comes from its thoroughness, preventing ‘bounce-back’ of populations. New infestations will need further treatment. 

Application is best timed when the crop has ‘thickened up’ and Movento’s unique ability to control hidden aphids is most valuable. Also at this time, increased ground cover will optimise capture of the chemical by the crop.

Good spray cover of infested older leaves is important as they do not benefit much from redistribution which is towards growing points i.e. new/heart leaves, buttons and curd. 

Use Movento in programmes planned with consideration of brassica crop type and 
the focus of control; aphids, whitefly or both.

Programme planning: Focus on aphid control

Where the focus is aphid control; 

Use Movento for long lasting protection in dense actively growing crops, when pests are hidden. 

Use Biscaya for quick ‘knockdown’ when crop structure is more open and aphids are more exposed to sprays and at the end of the season when colder conditions prevail.

Begin foliar control programmes as soon as aphids appear in the crop.

The following diagrams show how these principles can be applied to the planning of aphid control in cabbage when aphid infestation begins at the three true leaf stage. This approach can apply equally to broccoli/calabrese and cauliflower where hidden pests get into the florets and curd. It should also provide effective control of any whitefly present. 


Programme planning; Focus on whitefly control

Movento is currently the strongest product against whitefly, so in a whitefly epidemic year, when their control becomes the priority in crops of Brussels sprouts and kale, its use needs to be timed for best effect in protecting the marketable quality of the crop. However, early season aphids may infest the crop before whitefly arrive and they will need treatment too. The following principles will help plan effective programmes to tackle both pests.

Allocate one Biscaya spray to target early season aphids and the second to help target whitefly alongside later season aphids. 

Hold the first Movento application until the start of button initiation to protect the developing buttons for as long as possible. 

Under sustained whitefly pressure follow with Biscaya, for further aphid suppression and resistance management, before making the final Movento application to protect harvestable quality. 

The following diagrams show example foliar spray programmes for whitefly control 
in Brussels sprouts beginning in July when typically whitefly first appear in the crop. They also show how this can be preceded by early season aphid control. This approach will also provide effective control of any later season aphids present.


Find out more about the Movento-Biscaya programme


For the control of blackcurrant-lettuce aphid (Nasonovia ribis-nigri), peach potato aphid (Myzus persicae) andlettuce root aphid (Pemphigus bursarius).

Apply Movento as aphids start to build up in the crop.

Dose: 0.5 L/ha in 300–600 L water/ha


For the control of peach–potato aphid (Myzus persicae), glasshouse-potato aphid (Aulacorthum solani) and buckthorn-potato aphid (Aphis nasturtii).

Apply Movento as aphids start to build up in the crop.

Dose: 0.48 L/ha in 200–400L water/ha.

Applications in potato varieties that produce flowers can only be made from the end of flowering (BBCH 69).


For the control of Onion thrips (Thrips tabacci).

Dose: 0.48 L/ha in 200–600L water/ha.

Best use principles built on experience in the Netherlands are;

Apply early, ideally just before you expect to see thrips start to build up in the crop – typically mid-late June. This is earlier than advisors would normally consider applications for thrip control but allows time for Movento to be taken up and converted to the active component in the plant. Follow with a second application in early July.

Use Movento as background population management, and use knock-down products such as spinosad alongside to tackle further infestations/migrations.

Addition of oil / penetrant adjuvant has been shown in trials to improve uptake of the active and performance.



For the control of Willow carrot aphid (Cavariella aegopodii).

Apply Movento from 2 true leaves (BBCH 12) for willow carrot aphid as they start to build up in the crop.

Dose: 0.3 L/ha in 200–600L water/ha.

Use from May to mid-July when plants are actively growing. There needs to be sufficient leaf area for uptake (at least one true leaf, preferably two leaves) and good movement in the phloem for good redistribution to vulnerable tissues.

The following diagram illustrates a typical foliar spray programme for aphid control in carrots beginning when aphids appear in the crop at the first true leaf stage. 


Find out more about the Movento-Biscaya programme


* Qualified recommendation: Based on limited data the control of onion thrips in shallot would be expected from applications of Movento

 Apply Movento as onion thrips start to build up in the crop – see onions advice above.

 Dose: 0.48 L/ha in 200–600L water/ha.


* Qualified recommendation: Based on limited data the control of foliar aphids in parsnip would be expected from applications of Movento.

 Apply Movento from 2 true leaves (BBCH 12) for willow carrot aphid as they start to build up in the crop – see carrots advice above.

 Dose: 0.3 L/ha in 200–600L water/ha.

Swede and turnip

* Qualified recommendation: Based on limited data the control of foliar aphids in swede and turnip would be expected from applications of Movento.

 Apply Movento from 2 true leaves (BBCH 12) for mealy cabbage aphid and peach–potato aphid as they start to build up in the crop.

 Dose: 0.5 L/ha in 200–600L water/ha.

* Qualified recommendations
There is limited evidence of crop safety and effectiveness for the qualified recommendations listed above. The commercial risk of using this product under these qualified recommendations is borne entirely by the grower.




Resistance Management

Total reliance on one pesticide will hasten the development of resistance; pesticides of different chemical types or alternative control measures should be included in a planned programme. In a spray programme, Movento should be used with other insecticides of a different mode of action, either in alternation or as a 2-spray block within the programme.

When planning Biscaya (thiacloprid) use in a programme, do not include more than two applications of any neonicotinoid insecticide on any crop.


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