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Poncho VotivoVotivo® is a nematode-protectant seed treatment containing a special strain of the common soil bacterium Bacillus firmus.

Votivo® is sold in combination with a seed insecticide as Poncho®/Votivo®. The Bacillus firmus bacterium is not translocated throughout the plant (that is, it is not systemic), but it moves on the surface of the developing root system. Currently, the specific mechanism of nematode protection is not fully understood. It is described as “creating a living barrier that prevents important nematode species from reaching the roots”.