Seed Treatment :: Insecticides & Fungicides

Insecticide and Fungicide seed treatment

Seed treatment is a term that describes both products and processes. The usages of specific products and specific techniques can improve the growth environment for the seed, seedlings and young plants. Seed treatment complexity ranges from a basic dressing to coating and pelleting.

1. Seed dressing: This is the most common method of seed treatment. The seed is dressed with either a dry formulation or wet treated with a slurry or liquid formulation. Dressings can be applied at both farm and industries. Low cost earthen pots can be used for mixing pesticides with seed or seed can be spread on a polythene sheet and required quantity of chemical can be sprinkled on seed lot and mixed mechanically by the farmers.

2. Seed coating: A special binder is used with a formulation to enhance adherence to the seed. Coating requires advanced treatment technology, by the industry.

3. Seed pelleting: The most sophisticated Seed Treatment Technology, resulting in changing physical shape of a seed to enhance pelletibility and handling. Pelleting requires specialized application machinery and techniques and is the most expensive application.

Recommendation of seed treatment for different crops


Name of Crop


Seed Treatment





Root rot, wilt

Carbendazim (0.1%) 2 gm/kg seed
Trichoderma spp. 4-6 gm/kg. seed

For seed dressing metal seed dresser/earthern pots or polythene bags are used.



Root rot disease

other insects/pests

Bacterial shealth blight

Trichoderma 5-10 gm/kg. seed (before transplanting)
Chloropyriphos 3gm/kg seed.

Pseudomonas flourescens 0.5% W.P. 10 gm/kg.





Anthracnose spp.
Damping off

Seed treatment with
Trichoderma viride 4g/kg, Carbandazim @ 1g/100 gm seed.





Soil borne infection of fungal disease


Jassid, aphid, thrips

Trichoderma viride @ 2 gm/kg. seed and
Pseudomonas flourescens, @10gm/kg. Captan 75 WS @ 1.5 to 2.5 gm a.i./litre for soil drenching.
Imidacloprid 70 WS @ 10-15 gm a.i./kg seed





Pigeon pea 

Blight and Root rot

Trichoderma spp. @ 4 gm/kg. seed

For seed dressing metal seed dresser/earthern pots or polythene bags are used.



Root rot



White rot

Seed treatment with

  1. Bacillus subtilis
  2. Pseudomonas  fluorescens

Soil application @ 2.5 – 5 kg in 100kg FYM

  1. Carbendazim or Captan 2 gm/kg. seed

Thiram+Carbendazim 2gm/kg seed
Carbendazim or Captan 2gm/kg seed








Root knot nematode


Paecilomyces lilacinus and Pseudomonas  fluorescens @ 10 gm/kg as seed dresser.




Soil borne infection  of fungal disease
Early blight
Damping off


T. viride @ 2 gm/100gm seed.
Captan 75 WS @ 1.5 to 2.0 gm a.i./litre for soil drenching.


Pseudomonas fluorescens  and V. clamydosporium @ 10gm/kg as seed dresser.

For seed dressing metal seed dresser/earthern pots or polythene bags are used.




Trichoderma viride @ 4 gm./kg seed.




Bacterial wilt

Pseudomonas  fluorescens @ 10gm/kg.



Leguminous Vegetables

Soil borne infection



Trichoderma viride @ 2 gm/100gms. seed.

Carbofuran/Carbosulfan 3% (w/w)





Seed rot


Jassids, Whitefly

Trichoderma viride @ 6 gm/kg  seed.

Imidaclorprid 48FS @ 5-9 gm a.i. per kg. seed

Imidacloprid 70WS @ 7 gm a.i. per kg. seed











Bunt/False smut/loose smut/covered smut

Teat the seed before sowing with any one of the following insecticides.
i) Chlorpyriphos @ 4 ml/kg seed or Endosulfan @ 7ml / kg seeds


Thiram 75% WP
Carboxin 75 % WP
Tebuconazole 2 DS @ 1.5 to 1.87 gm a.i. per kg seed.
T. viride 1.15 % WP @ 4 gm/kg.



Cruciferous  vegetables
(Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Knol-khol, radish)

Soil / Seed  borne  diseases (Damping off)


Root knot nematode

Seed treatment with Trichoderma viridi  @ 2 g / 100 g  seeds
Captan 75% WS @ 1.5 to 2.5 gm a.i./litre for soil drenching.

Pseudomonas  fluorescens and Verlicillium clamydosporium @ 10gm/kg seed as seed dresser






Wilt and damping off

Seed treatment with Trichoderma viridi 1% WP @ 9 gm/kg seeds
Combination of Carbendazim with carbosulfan @ 0.2% Carbendazim with Thiram with carbosulfan @ 0.2%
Treat the seed with Chlorpyriphos 20 EC @ 15-30 ml a.i./kg seed.




Soil and Tuber borne diseases

Seed treatment with MEMC 3% WS @ 0.25% or boric acid 3% for 20 minuts before storage.




Loos smut
Covered smut
Leaf stripe


Carboxin 75% WP
Thiram 75% WP @ 1.5 to 1.87 gm a.i./kg seed.

Treat the seed with Chlorpyriphos @ 4 ml/kg seed.




Root knot nematode

Pseudomonas fluorescens 1% WP, Paecilomyces lilacirius and Verticillium chlamydosporium 1% WP @ 10g/kg as seed dresser.

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