Product Name


(Ester-Polyethylene Glycol, Surfactant & Alcohol)


Surfactant, Sticker, Spreader Penetrants, Anti-Forming Agent, Non- Ionic

Ensures and improves the efficacy of agrochemicals sprayed where it will require a wetter, Penetrants, thus breaking the surface tension of water droplets by achieving better coverage.

XENIC is a combination of several Environmental Friendly products that improve the pesticide performance at the destination level in the foliage of plants including penetration inside the plants or weeds. XENIC is compatible with pesticides, such as PHYTON-27, NEEM-X, PH-PLUS, NEWBT, NEWFOL LINE, NEWGIBB, etc.

Mode of Action

Wetting agent and Penetrant

Application Rate

Foliar 2 ml/gal

Pre-Harvest Interval



XENIC is a combination of several Environmental Friendly products that improve the pesticide performance at the destination level in the foliage of plants including penetration inside the plants or weeds. XENIC is compatibles with pesticides, such as PHYTON-27, NEEM-X, PH-PLUS, NEWBT, NEWFOL LINE, NEWGIBB, etc.

XENIC improves the performance of Pesticides:



Problems with Pests in Brassica Crops and how to solve them

Sustainable agriculture is the cornerstone of ensuring food security and environmental protection. In Trinidad and Tobago, one of the most pressing challenges faced by farmers is managing pests in brassica crops. These pests can wreak havoc on crops, leading to reduced yields and compromised product quality.


1. The Menace of Pests in Brassica Crops

Brassica crops, including broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, are essential dietary staples in Trinidad and Tobago. They are rich in nutrients and form a significant part of the local cuisine. However, their cultivation is often threatened by various pests. From whiteflies that suck the sap from plants, leading to yellowing and drooping, to the Diamondback Moth that can cause extensive damage to the leaves, the threats are numerous. The presence of these pests not only affects the current crop yield but can also have long-term implications for soil health and future harvests. Learn more about brassica pests.

2. The Importance of Sustainable Pest Management

Sustainable pest management is not just about protecting the current crop but also ensuring the long-term health of the soil and the environment. Chemical pesticides, while effective, can have detrimental effects on the environment, beneficial insects, and even human health. Therefore, there’s a growing emphasis on finding solutions that are both effective against pests and environmentally friendly. Read about sustainable pest management.


3. A Closer Look at the MAI Caribbean Platform

MAI Caribbean is a leading platform dedicated to providing sustainable agricultural solutions. They offer a range of products tailored to address various agricultural challenges, ensuring that farmers in Trinidad and Tobago have access to the best tools and resources. By navigating through their website, one can find a plethora of information, products, and guidelines that cater to the diverse needs of the agricultural community.


4. Tryclan 50 SP: An Effective Solution

Tryclan: The solution agains pests in brassica crops

Tryclan: The solution agains pests in brassica crops

Available on MAI Caribbean, Tryclan 50 SP stands out as a botanical and biological insecticide. It functions as a contact, ingestion, and systemic insecticide. Its active ingredient disrupts ganglionic transmission in the insect’s nervous system. As a result, insects exposed to the product become paralyzed and eventually die.

This insecticide proves particularly effective against pests like whiteflies, Diamondback Moth, leaf miners, thrips, pinworms, and midges. Moreover, Tryclan 50 SP selectively targets insect pests from the orders Homoptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, and Coleoptera, ensuring minimal impact on beneficial insects. Discover more about Tryclan’s mode of action.


5. Application Methodology

To achieve the best results with Tryclan 50 SP, it’s essential to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Mix Preparation: Start by pouring the required amount of water into the tractor pump, sprayer, barrel, or mixing tank. Adjust the water’s pH and hardness using products like PH PLUS, INDICATED, or TREAT PLUS.
  2. Insecticide Addition: Add the recommended dose of TRYCLAN 50 SP, stirring continuously with an agitation paddle. Towards the end of the mixing process, introduce XENIC as a dispersant, adhesive, and penetrant for the product solution.
  3. Auxiliary Equipment: Ensure you have measuring devices, agitation paddles, buckets, barrels, and brushes at hand.


6. Additional Recommendations

In conclusion, managing pests in brassica crops is vital for sustainable agricultural production in Trinidad and Tobago. With products like Tryclan 50 SP, farmers can effectively and safely shield their crops, ensuring both the health of the environment and the prosperity of their livelihoods.  


MAI Caribbean.
Unit 2, #35 Francis Lalla Road, Charlieville,
Chaguanas Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
Phone: +1 868-312-6242 –
E-mail: customerservice@maicaribbean.net
Seed protection against fungi and bacteria

How to enhance seed protection against bacteria and fungi

Seeds are the cornerstone of agriculture, serving as the starting point for the growth and development of various crops. However, these tiny life forms are susceptible to numerous bacterial and fungal diseases that can significantly reduce crop yield and quality. Marketing ARM offers a solution to this problem: C-TREAT-RICE, a specialized treatment designed to offer comprehensive protection against bacterial and fungal infections. This article aims to provide an in-depth look at how C-TREAT-RICE serves as an effective shield, ensuring better germination and higher yields.  

1. Why choose C-TREAT-RICE?

C-TREAT-RICE is a specialized solution formulated to combat seed-borne bacterial and fungal diseases effectively. With its unique combination of advanced chemical or biological agents, C-TREAT-RICE not only offers a protective barrier against harmful pathogens but also enhances seed health, leading to better germination rates and increased crop yield.

a. Targeted Protection against deseases

One of the standout features of C-TREAT-RICE is its targeted action against common diseases like damping-off, root rot, and bacterial blight. The treatment forms a protective layer, making it difficult for pathogens to penetrate. This targeted action ensures that seeds have a better chance of developing into healthy plants.

b. Improved Germination

C-TREAT-RICE goes beyond mere protection; it also plays a vital role in improving the potential for germination. The treatment contains added nutrients and growth enhancers that give them a head start, thereby improving the chances of a successful crop.  

2. How Does C-TREAT-RICE help with seed protection?

Seed protection against fungi and bacteria 1

Difference between seeds that have not been treated (left) and the ones that have been treated with C-Treat Rice (right)


a. Pre-Sowing Treatment

One of the first steps in the protection process involves treating with C-TREAT-RICE before sowing. This pre-emptive measure is crucial for combating any bacterial or fungal pathogens that might attack them after they are planted.

b. Coating Mechanism

C-TREAT-RICE works by forming a coating around the seed. This coating acts as a shield, preventing harmful bacteria and fungi from coming into direct contact, thereby reducing the risk of infection.

c. Nutrient Boost

Beyond its protective capabilities, C-TREAT-RICE is also formulated with essential nutrients that are slowly released as the seed germinates. This provides an additional growth boost, ensuring that the plant has all the nutrients it needs during its critical early stages.  

3. Sustainability Concerns

In today’s world, where sustainability is a pressing concern, C-TREAT-RICE stands out for its eco-friendly approach. Unlike other chemical-based treatments that can be harmful to the environment, C-TREAT-RICE is designed to minimize environmental impact, making it a preferred choice for those committed to sustainable agricultural practices.  

4. Application Guidelines 

C-TREAT can be applied directly to the soil at seedling (by drench) and through micro aspersion irrigation, soil injection, or directly using a manual sprayer or mechanical equipment for coating. To get better results, use high water quality before diluting C-TREAT. A water with a pH of 5- 5.5 and a maximum salts content of 120 ppm is ideal. The quality of the water can be improved by adding a pH regulator and salts content corrector such as PH-PLUS or INDICATE. A dispersant like XENIC can be added to the mixture in order to improve penetration of the active ingredients of the product.

5. Conclusion

In summary, C-TREAT-RICE offers a robust and comprehensive solution for safeguarding against bacterial and fungal diseases. With its targeted action, nutrient boost, and focus on sustainability, it serves as a valuable addition to any agricultural operation. Investing in healthy seeds through effective treatments like C-TREAT-RICE is a step towards achieving better crop yields and, ultimately, a more sustainable and food-secure future for everyone.

Learn more about the use of C-TREAT in rice crops here.  

MAI Caribbean.
Unit 2, #35 Francis Lalla Road, Charlieville,
Chaguanas Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
Phone: +1 868-312-6242 –
E-mail: customerservice@maicaribbean.net

Biolife 20 SL

Product Name

(Citric Acid limonoids and Organic Acid)


DISEASES: Foliar and Soil Bacteria, Fungaland Viral
Diseases: Erwinia sp, Xanthomonas, Mildews, Rhizoctonia, DampingOff, Virus Etc

BIOLIFE 20 SL is a broad-spectrum systemic bactericide and fungicide with preventive and curative action based on an organic acid complex specially formulated for the prevention and control of diseases caused by bacteria and fungi.
It also reduces the effects caused by insect-borne viruses in different agricultural crops.

Mode of Action


Application Rate

Foliar and Soil
1 – 4 tsp/gal

Pre-Harvest Interval


What is BIOLIFE 20 SL

BIOLIFE 20 SL is a Biological Origen Fungicide, Bactericide and Viricide with broad control in diseases caused by pathogens like bacteria, fungi and virus.

BIOLIFE 20 SL is approved for use in Organic Cropping.

BIOLIFE 20 SL is a mixture of organic compounds derived from natural organic acids combined with natural compounds sucha as ascorbic acid and citrus seed extract.

BIOLIFE 20 SL is a new tool available for Pest Management Programs in many crops such as banana, plantain, ornamentals, cucurbits, coffee, tobacco, melons, tomatoes, onion, garlic, pepper, lettuce, cucumber, watermelons, avocados, fruits, etc.


BIOLIFE 20 SL is another tool available for Post Harvest Treatment for Export Pest Management Programs in many crops.

Mechanism of Control of BIOLIFE 20 SL

BIOLIFE 20 SL is a systemic product that can be absorbed via roots and foliage and effectible preventing and controlling diseases caused by pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and viruses.

BIOLIFE 20 SL  causes the rupture of the pathogens cell membrane resulting in broken chain of polysaccharide that are endo-elicitors (substances of biotic origin which induce a defense response) increasing the presence of phytoalexines (antibiotics produced by plants that are under attacks) improving the plant resistance.

Þ BIOLIFE 20 SL  systemically acts as exo-elicitors, helping the bio-synthesis and production of phytoalexines.

Composition of BIOLIFE 20 SL
The active ingredients of BIOLIFE 20% SL are among others: Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Ascorbic acid, etc.

Recommended Rates (Pre-harvest)

  1. Preventive Rates:
    The recommended rate of BIOLIFE 20% SL is 0.75 to 1.5 liter per hectare in enough spray solution to properly treat and cover the crops. The cycles of applications will depend of the climatic conditions.
  2. Curative Rates:
    The recommended rate of BIOLIFE 20% SL is 1.0 to 1.5 liter per hectare in enough spray solution to properly treat and cover the crops. The cycles of applications (2-3) will depend of the climatic conditions and the level of infestation of pathogens.
  3. Note:
    BIOLIFE 20% SL, can be used to treat the crop up to the last day of harvesting, without problem of residues.

Rates (Post-Harvest)

  1. BIOLIFE 20 SL is another tool to treat post-harvest before shipment of export crops such as banana, melons, avocado, etc.
  2. Rates:
    To prevent infection of Postharvest Pathogens (Bacteria and Fungal) in export crops is 2ml to 3ml of BIOLIFE 20% SL per liter of solution (water).


BIOLIFE 20% SL is compatible with most of pesticides. When in doubt do make compatibility studies with the desired pesticides.


Over 10 years of use of BIOLIFE 20% SL no plant toxicity has been reported.

Performance and water quality

To improve the performance of BIOLIFE 20 SL, it is recommended to add first to the tank PH-PLUS to improve water quality (to reduce pH and hard water) and XENIC to improve the distribution and absorption of the spray by the foliage of plants.

Crops : banana,  plantain,  ornamentals,  cucurbits, coffee,  tobacco,  melons, tomatoes,  onion,  garlic,  pepper,  lettuce,  cucumber,  avocados,  fruits, etc.


Erwinia spp. Agrobactirium spp Pseudomonas spp, Xanthomonas spp, Corynebacterium sp ,Damping offMildeu (Erysiphe spp), Oidio (Sphaeroteca sp), Botrytis spp, Antracnosis (Colletotrichum), Cercospora spp, Septoria spp, Sigatoka: Mycosphaerella spp, Sclerotinia spp, Rhizoctonia spp, Rosellinia spp, Fusarium spp, Phytophthora spp, Alternaria spp, Viruses, etc.



Bacteria: Erwinia spp, Pseudomonas spp Xanthomonas spp, Fungal: Rhizopus sp, Phytophthora, Alternaria spp, Stemphyllium spp, Corynespora , Phoma, Colletotrichum sp, Fusarium spp, Verticillum spp




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