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Title:
FUNGICIDAL N-(2-PHENOXYETHYL)CARBOXAMIDE DERIVATIVES AND THEIR AZA, THIA AND SILA ANALOGUES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2010/012795
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to fungicide N-(2-phenoxyethyl)carboxamide derivatives of formula (I), their aza, thia and sila analogues, their process of preparation, their use as fungicides, particularly in the form of fungicidal compositions and methods for the control of phytopathogenic fungi of plants using these compounds or their compositions. Formula (I) wherein A, T, W, X, n and Z3 to Z7 represent various substituents.

Inventors:
BENNABI, Samir (14 bis rue de la Gare de Cuire, Caluire et Cuire, F-69300, FR)
BENTING, Jürgen (Amselstrasse 7, Leichlingen, 42799, DE)
BRUNET, Stéphane (44 rue des Dombes, Saint André de Corcy, F-01390, FR)
DESBORDES, Philippe (14 rue du Docteur Mouisset, Lyon, F-69006, FR)
DAHMEN, Peter (Altebrückerstraße 63, Neuss, 41470, DE)
GARY, Stéphanie (9 rue Simon Buisson, Champagne au Mont d'Or, F-69410, FR)
GROSJEAN-COURNOYER, Marie-Claire (Le Trève Collonge, Route d'Albigny, Curis au Mont d'Or, F-69250, FR)
RAMA, Rachel (5 rue Saint Eusèbe, Lyon, F-69003, FR)
RINOLFI, Philippe (Résidence le Coteau, lieu dit la Colletière, Chatillon d'Azergues, F-69380, FR)
TOQUIN, Valérie (30 rue de la République, St Romain au Mont d'or, F-69270, FR)
VOERSTE, Arnd (Mozartstraße 3-5, Köln, 50674, DE)
WACHENDORFF-NEUMANN, Ulrike (Oberer Markenweg 85, Neuwied, 56566, DE)
Application Number:
EP2009/059842
Publication Date:
February 04, 2010
Filing Date:
July 30, 2009
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BAYER CROPSCIENCE SA (16 rue Jean-Marie Leclair, Lyon, F-69009, FR)
BENNABI, Samir (14 bis rue de la Gare de Cuire, Caluire et Cuire, F-69300, FR)
BENTING, Jürgen (Amselstrasse 7, Leichlingen, 42799, DE)
BRUNET, Stéphane (44 rue des Dombes, Saint André de Corcy, F-01390, FR)
DESBORDES, Philippe (14 rue du Docteur Mouisset, Lyon, F-69006, FR)
DAHMEN, Peter (Altebrückerstraße 63, Neuss, 41470, DE)
GARY, Stéphanie (9 rue Simon Buisson, Champagne au Mont d'Or, F-69410, FR)
GROSJEAN-COURNOYER, Marie-Claire (Le Trève Collonge, Route d'Albigny, Curis au Mont d'Or, F-69250, FR)
RAMA, Rachel (5 rue Saint Eusèbe, Lyon, F-69003, FR)
RINOLFI, Philippe (Résidence le Coteau, lieu dit la Colletière, Chatillon d'Azergues, F-69380, FR)
TOQUIN, Valérie (30 rue de la République, St Romain au Mont d'or, F-69270, FR)
VOERSTE, Arnd (Mozartstraße 3-5, Köln, 50674, DE)
WACHENDORFF-NEUMANN, Ulrike (Oberer Markenweg 85, Neuwied, 56566, DE)
International Classes:
C07D207/34; A01N43/56; C07D231/14; C07D231/20; C07D261/18; C07D277/56; C07D285/06; C07D307/68
Foreign References:
GB2187733A1987-09-16
EP0405808A11991-01-02
JPH0789937A1995-04-04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GUITTON, Carole (Bayer CropScience SA, Patents & Licensing Department14-20 rue Pierre Baizet, Lyon, F-69009, FR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A compound of formula (I)

(I) wherein

• A represents a carbo-linked, unsaturated or partially saturated, 5-membered heterocyclyl group that can be substituted by up to four groups R ;

• T represents O or S; • W represents O, S, SO, SO2, N-Ra or SiZ1Z2 ;

• n represents 0, 1 , 2, 3, 4 or 5;

• X represents a halogen atom, a nitro , a cyano , an isonitrile, a hydroxy , an amino , a sulfanyl , a pentafluoro-λ6-sulfanyl , a formyl , a formyloxy , a formylamino , a carboxy , a carbamoyl , a N-hydroxycarbamoyl , a carbamate , a (hydroxyimino)-Ci-C6-alkyl , a Ci-C8-halogenoalkyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C-ι-C8-alkyl, a C2-C8-alkenyl, a C2-C8-halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different, a C2-C8-alkynyl, a C2-C8- halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different, a C1-C8- alkylamino, a di-d-C8-alkylamino, a d-C8-alkoxy, a d-C8-halogenoalkoxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C-ι-C8-alkoxy-C-ι-C8-alkyl, a C-ι-C8-alkoxy-C-ι-C8-alkoxy, a d-C8-alkylsulfanyl, a C-rCs-halogenoalkylsulfanyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C2-C8-alkenyloxy, a C2-C8- halogenoalkenyloxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C2-C8-alkynyloxy, a C2-C8- halogenoalkynyloxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C3-C8-cycloalkyl, a C3-C7-cycloalkyl-C2-C8- alkenyl, a C3-C7-cycloalkyl-C2-C8-alkynyl, a C3-C8-halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C3-C7-cycloalkyl-C3-C7-cycloalkyl, a d-C8-alkyl-C3-C7-cycloalkyl, a C6-C14- bicycloalkyl, a d-Cs-alkylcarbonyl, a d-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-Cs-alkylcarbamoyl, a di-Ci-C8-alkylcarbamoyl, a N-Ci-C8-alkyloxycarbamoyl, a d-C8-alkoxycarbamoyl, a N-d-Cs-alkyl-d-Cs-alkoxycarbamoyl, a Ci-C8-alkoxycarbonyl, a Ci-C8-halogenoalkoxy carbonyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-Cs-alkylcarbonyloxy, a Ci-C8-halogenoalkylcarbonyloxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-Cs-alkylcarbonylamino, a d-C8-halogenoalkylcarbonylamino having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C1-C8- alkylaminocarbonyloxy, a di-d-C8-alkylaminocarbonyloxy, a d-C8-alkyloxycarbonyloxy, a C1- C8-alkylsulphenyl, a d-C8-halogenoalkylsulphenyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C1-C8- alkylsulphinyl, a d-C8-halogenoalkylsulphinyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-C8-alkyl- sulphonyl, a d-C8-halogenoalkylsulphonyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C-ι-C8-alkoxyimino, a (C-i-Cs-alkoxyinnino^C-i-Cs-alkyl, a (C-Cs-alkenyloxyimino^C-rCs-alkyl, a (C2-C8- alkynyloxyimino)-C-i-C8-alkyl, a a tri(C-ι-C8-alkyl)silyl, a tri(C-ι-C8- alkyl)silyl-C-ι-C8-alkyl, a benzyloxy that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, a benzylsulfanyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, a benzylamino that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryloxy that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an arylamino that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an arylsulfanyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-d-C8- alkyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-C2-C8-alkenyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-C2-C8-alkynyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-C3-C7-cycloalkyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, a pyridinyl that can be substituted by up to 4 groups Q or a pyridinyloxy that can be substituted by up to 4 groups Q ;

• Z1 and Z2 independently represent a d-C8-halogenoalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a C1- C8-alkyl, a C2-C8-alkenyl, a C2-C8-alkynyl, a C3-C8-cycloalkyl, a C3-C8-halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a Ci-C8-halogenoalkenyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms or a C1-

C8-halogenoalkynyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms;

• Z3 and Z4 are chosen independently of each other as being a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a d-C8-halogenoalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a d-C8-alkyl, a C2-C8-alkenyl, a C2-C8- alkynyl, a C3-C8-cycloalkyl, a C3-C8-halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a C1-C8- halogenoalkenyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms or a C-ι-C8-halogenoalkynyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms;

• Z5 and Z6 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C-ι-C8-halogenoalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a C-ι-C8-alkyl, a C2-C8-alkenyl, a C2-C8-alkynyl, a C3-C8-cycloalkyl, a C3-C8- halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a C-ι-C8-halogenoalkenyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms or a C-ι-C8-halogenoalkynyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms;

Or Z4 and Z5 together with the 2 carbons to which they are attached may form a C3-C8- cycloalkyl, C3-C8-cycloalkenyl or C4-C8-cycloalkynyl, each may be substituted by up to 5 halogen atoms

• Z7 represents a non-substituted C3-C7-cycloalkyl or a C3-C7-cycloalkyl substituted by up to 10 atoms or groups that can be the same or different and that can be selected in the list consisting of halogen atoms ; cyano ; C-ι-C8-alkyl ; C-ι-C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-ι-C8-alkoxy ; C-ι-C8-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-i-Cs-alkoxycarbonyl ; C-i-Cs-halogenoalkoxycarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-i-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyl ; or di-C-i-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyl ; • Ra represent a hydrogen atom ; Ci-C8-alkyl ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8-alkoxy-Ci-C8-alkyl ; C2-C8-alkenyl ; C2-C8- halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C2-C8- alkynyl ; C2-C8-halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C3-C7-cycloalkyl ; C3-C7-cycloalkyl-CrC8-alkyl ; C3-C7-halogenocycloalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; formyl ; Ci-C8- alkylcarbonyl ; d-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C8-alkylsulphonyl ; d-Cs-halogenoalkylsulphonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; aryl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q ; phenylmethylene that can be substituted by up to 7 groups Q ; or phenylsulphonyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q ;

• Q independently represents a halogen atom ; cyano ; isonitrile ; nitro ; Ci-C8-alkyl ; C2-C8- alkenyl ; C2-C8-alkynyl ; d-C8-alkoxy ; d-C8-alkoxy-d-C8-alkyl ; d-C8-alkoxy-d-C8-alkoxy ; d-C8-alkylsulfanyl ; d-C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C2-C8-halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C2-C8-halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different; d-C8-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C8-halogenoalkylsulfanyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-Cs-halogenoalkoxy-d-Cs-alkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different; tri(Ci-C8)alkylsilyl and tri(C1-C8)alkylsilyl-C1-C8-alkyl ; Ci-C8- alkoxyimino ; or (Ci-C8-alkoxyimino)-Ci-C8-alkyl ;

• R independently represents a hydrogen atom ; halogen atom ; cyano ; isonitrile ; nitro ; amino ; sulfanyl ; pentafluoro-λ6-sulfanyl ; Ci-C8-alkylamino ; di-Ci-C8-alkylamino ; tri(Ci-C8- alkyl)silyl ; Ci-C8-alkylsulfanyl ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkylsulfanyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8-alkyl ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C2-C8-alkenyl ; C2-C8-halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C2-C8-alkynyl ; C2-C8- halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8- alkoxy ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C2-C8-alkenyloxy ; C2-C8-alkynyloxy ; C3-C7-cycloalkyl ; C3-C7-cycloalkyl- Ci-C8- alkyl ; Ci-C8-alkylsulphinyl ; Ci-C8-alkylsulphonyl ; Ci-C8alkoxyimino ; (Ci-C8-alkoxyimino)-Ci- C8-alkyl ; (benzyloxyimino)-Ci-C8-alkyl ; aryloxy ; benzyloxy ; benzylsulfanyl ; benzylamino ; aryl ; halogenoaryloxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

Ci-C8-alkylcarbonyl ; Ci-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8-alkoxycarbonyl ; Ci-Cs-halogenoalkoxycarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyl ; or di-Ci-C8- alkylaminocarbonyl ; ell as its salts, N-oxydes, metallic complexes, metalloidic complexes and optically active isomers.

2. A compound according to claim 1 wherein A is selected in the list consisting of: - a heterocycle of formula (A1)

(A1) wherein :

R1 to R3 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl ; Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C5- alkoxy or d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A2)

(A2) wherein : R4 to R6 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl ; Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C5- alkoxy or d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A3)

(A3) wherein :

R7 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C5-alkyl ; Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C5-alkoxy or d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R8 represents a hydrogen atom or a d-C5-alkyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A4) O

wherein :

R9 to R11 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl ; amino ; C-ι-C5-alkoxy ; C-ι-C5-alkylsulphanyl ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A5)

(A5) wherein :

R12 and R13 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl ; C-ι-C5-alkoxy ; amino ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R14 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl ; d-C5-alkoxy ; amino ; C1-C5- halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C1-C5- halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A6)

(A6) wherein : R15 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; a cyano ; d-C5-alkyl ; d-C5-alkoxy ; C1-C5- halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C1-C5- halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R16 and R18 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkoxycarbonyl ; d-C5-alkyl ; d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-i-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R17 represent a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C5-alkyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A7)

wherein :

R19 represents a hydrogen atom or a C-ι-C5-alkyl

R20 to R22 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C5-alkyl or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A8)

wherein :

R23 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; CrC5-alkyl or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R24 represents a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C5-alkyl or CrC5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A9)

wherein :

R25 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; CrC5-alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R26 represents a hydrogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; - a heterocycle of formula (A )

(A10) wherein :

R27 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; CrC5-alkyl or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R28 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C5-alkyl ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; CrC5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; C-ι-C5-alkylamino or di(C-ι-C5-alkyl)amino ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A11)

wherein :

R29 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; CrC5-alkyl ; d-C5-alkoxy ; d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R30 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl ; d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to

9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; d-C5-alkylamino or di(d-C5-alkyl)amino ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A )

(A12) wherein :

R i31 represents a hydrogen atom or a d-C5-alkyl

R i32 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; a nitro ; C-ι-C5-alkyl ; C-ι-C5-alkoxy ; C1-C5- halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C1-C5- halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A )

(A13) wherein :

R ,34 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C5-alkyl ; C3-C5-cycloalkyl ; C1-C5- halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-ι-C5-alkoxy ; C2- C5-alkynyloxy or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R35 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C5-alkyl ; a cyano ; C-ι-C5-alkoxy ; C1-C5- alkylsulphanyl ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; C-ι-C5-alkylamino or di(C-ι-C5-alkyl)amino ; R36 represents a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C5-alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A )

(A14) wherein :

R37 and R38 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C1- C5-alkoxy or a C1-C5- alkylsulphanyl ; R39 represents a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C5-alkyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 15\ )

(A15) wherein :

R -,40 and , π R41 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A )

wherein : R42 and R43 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or amino ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A 17\ )

wherein :

R44 and R45 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A18)

(A18) wherein :

R47 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C5-alkyl or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R46 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C5-alkyl ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-ι-C5-alkylsulfanyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A ) o

(A") wherein :

R49 and R48 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl ; C-ι-C5-alkoxy ; C-ι-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-ι-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A20)

(A20) wherein :

R50 and R51 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl ; Ci-C5-alkoxy ; Ci-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A21)

(A21) wherein : R52 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different.

-a heterocycle of formula (A22)

(A22) wherein :

R53 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different. -a heterocycle of formula (A23)

(A23) wherein :

R54 and R56 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C5- alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R55 represents a hydrogen atom or d-C5-alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A24)

(A24) wherein :

R57 and R59 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C5- alkyl or Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R58 represents a hydrogen atom or Ci-C5-alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A )

(A25) wherein :

R60 and R61 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C1-C5- alkyl or d-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R62 represents a hydrogen atom or d-C5-alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A26)

(A26) wherein :

R65 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C5-alkyl ; C3-C5-cycloalkyl ; Ci-C5- halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C5-alkoxy ; C2- C5-alkynyloxy or d-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R63 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C5-alkyl ; a cyano ; Ci-C5-alkoxy ; Ci-C5- alkylsulphanyl ; Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C5-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; Ci-C5-alkylamino or di(Ci-C5-alkyl)amino ; R64 represents a hydrogen atom or Ci-C5-alkyl.

3. A compound according to claim 2 wherein A is selected in the list consisting of A2 ; A6 ; A10 and A13

4. A compound according to claim 3 wherein A represents A13 and wherein R34 represents a Ci-C5- alkyl, Ci-C5-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; or Ci- C5-alkoxy ; R35 represents a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom ; R36 represents a Ci-C5-alkyl.

5. A compound according to claims 1 to 4 wherein W represents O or S.

6. A compound according to claims 1 to 5 wherein n represents 0, 1 or 2.

7. A compound according to claims 1 to 6 wherein X independently represents a halogen atom ; Ci-C8-alkyl ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; tri(Ci-C8-alkyl)silyl ; Ci-C8-alkoxy or Ci-C8-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or wherein two consecutive substituents X together with the phenyl ring form a substituted or non substituted 1 ,3-benzodioxolyl ; 1 ,2,3,4-tetrahydro-quinoxalinyl ; 3,4-dihydro-2H- 1 ,4-benzoxazinyl ; 1 ,4-benzodioxanyl ; indanyl ; 2,3-dihydrobenzofuranyl ; or indolinyl.

8. A compound according to claims 1 to 7 wherein Z1 and Z2 independently represent a Ci-C8-alkyl.

9. A compound according to claims 1 to 8 wherein Z3 and Z4 independently represent a hydrogen atom or a Ci-C8-alkyl.

10. A compound according to claims 1 to 9 wherein Z5 and Z6 independently represent a hydrogen atom or a C-ι-C8-alkyl.

11. A compound according to claims 1 to 10 wherein Z7 represents a C3-C7 cycloalkyl substituted by up to 10 groups or atoms that can be the same or different and that can be selected in the list consisting of halogen atoms ; Ci-C8-alkyl ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8-alkoxy or Ci-C8-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different.

12. A compound according to claim 11 wherein Z7 represents a non-substituted C3-C7-cycloalkyl.

13. A compound according to claim 12 wherein Z7 represents cyclopropyl.

14. A compound according to claims 1 to 13 wherein R independently represents a hydrogen atom ; halogen atom ; cyano ; d-C8-alkylamino ; di-d-C8-alkylamino ; tri(C-ι-C8-alkyl)silyl ; d-C8-alkyl ; C1-

C8-halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8-alkoxy ; Ci-C8-halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C8- alkylsulfanyl ; amino, hydroxyl ; nitro ; Ci-C8-alkoxycarbonyl ; C2-C8-alkynyloxy.

15. A fungicide composition comprising, as an active ingredient, an effective amount of a compound of formula (I) according to claims 1 to 14 and an agriculturally acceptable support, carrier or filler.

16. A method for controlling phytopathogenic fungi of crops, characterized in that an agronomically effective and substantially non-phytotoxic quantity of a compound according to claims 1 to 14 or a composition according to claim 15 is applied to the soil where plants grow or are capable of growing, to the leaves or the fruit of plants or to the seeds of plants.

Description:
FUNGICIDAL N-(2-PHENOXYETHYL)CARBOXAMIDE DERIVATIVES AND THEIR AZA, THIA AND SILA ANALOGUES

DESCRIPTION

The present invention relates to fungicide N-(2-phenoxyethyl)carboxamide derivatives, their aza, thia and sila analogues, their process of preparation, their use as fungicides, particularly in the form of fungicidal compositions and methods for the control of phytopathogenic fungi of plants using these compounds or their compositions.

In international patent application WO-2001/55136 certain fungicidal and insecticidal N- hetaryloxyalkylcarboxamide derivatives and their thio analogues are generically embraced in a broad disclosure of numerous compounds of the following formula:

wherein E, W, X and D can represent a 5-membered heterocyclic ring, M can represent the group (C=O)NR 51 where R 51 can represent hydrogen, d-C 6 -alkyl or C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl, A can represent a d- C 6 -alkyleneoxy or a d-C 6 -alkylenethio linker. However, this document does not suggest to select compounds wherein the substituant R 51 of the nitrogen atom of the carboxamide residue can be substituted by a cycloalkyl group nor suggest to select most preferably A as a three atoms linker.

In international patent application WO-2001/55124 certain fungicidal N-substituted carboxamide derivatives are generically embraced in a broad disclosure of numerous compounds of the following formula:

wherein A can represent the group NR 1 where R 1 can represent hydrogen, d-C 6 -alkyl or C 3 -C 7 - cycloalkyl, Q can a represent the group -C(R 2 )- where R 2 can represent a phenoxymethyl group, n can be 1 and Z can represent the group OR 6 where R 6 can represent d-C 4 -alkyl group. However, this document does not claim compounds wherein R 2 can be a phenoxymethyl group substituted by other susbtituent than an alkoxycarbonyl group nor that Z can be hydrogen or an alkyl group.

In international patent application WO-2009/012998 certain fungicidal N-([het]aryloxy) alkylcarboxamide derivatives are generically embraced in a broad disclosure of numerous compounds of the following formula: wherein A is a 5-membered heterocyclic ring, R 15 can represent hydrogen or cycloalkyl, R 1 , R 2 , R 3 and R 4 can represent hydrogen, alkyl, halogen and the like, and B can represent an aryl or a heteroaryl group. However, this document does not specifically described any physical or biological properties of compounds wherein R 15 is a cycloalkyl group.

It is always of high-interest in the field of agrochemicals to use pesticidal compounds more active than the compounds already known by the man ordinary skilled in the art whereby reduced amounts of compound can be used whilst retaining equivalent efficacy. Furthermore, the provision of new pesticidal compounds with a higher efficacy strongly reduces the risk of appearance of resistant strains in the fungi to be treated.

We have now found a new family of compounds which show enhanced fungicidal activity over the general known family of such compounds.

Accordingly, the present invention provides a N-(2-phenoxyethyl)carboxamide derivative and its aza, thia and sila analogues of formula (I)

(I) wherein

• A represents a carbo-linked, unsaturated or partially saturated, 5-membered heterocyclyl group that can be substituted by up to four groups R ;

• T represents O or S;

• W represents O, S, SO, SO 2 , N-R a or SiZ 1 Z 2 ;

• n represents 0, 1 , 2, 3, 4 or 5;

• X represents a halogen atom, a nitro , a cyano , an isonitrile, a hydroxy , an amino , a sulfanyl , a pentafluoro-λ 6 -sulfanyl , a formyl , a formyloxy , a formylamino , a carboxy , a carbamoyl , a N-hydroxycarbamoyl , a carbamate , a (hydroxyimino)-C-ι-C 6 -alkyl , a C-ι-C 8 -halogenoalkyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C-ι-C 8 -alkyl, a C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl, a C 2 -C 8 -halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different, a C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl, a C 2 -C 8 - halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different, a C 1 -C 8 - alkylamino, a di-C-i-Cs-alkylannino, a C-ι-C 8 -alkoxy, a C-ι-C 8 -halogenoalkoxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-C 8 -alkoxy-d-C 8 -alkyl, a d-C 8 -alkoxy-d-C 8 -alkoxy, a C-ι-C 8 -alkylsulfanyl, a C-ι-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulfanyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C 2 -C 8 -alkenyloxy, a C 2 -C 8 - halogenoalkenyloxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C 2 -C 8 -alkynyloxy, a C 2 -C 8 - halogenoalkynyloxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C 3 -C 8 -cycloalkyl, a C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl-C 2 -C 8 - alkenyl, a C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl-C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl, a C 3 -C 8 -halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl-C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl, a d-C 8 -alkyl-C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl, a C 6 -C 14 - bicycloalkyl, a Ci-Cs-alkylcarbonyl, a Ci-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-Cs-alkylcarbamoyl, a di-d-C 8 -alkylcarbamoyl, a N-d-Cs-alkyloxycarbamoyl, a d-Cs-alkoxycarbamoyl, a N-d-C 8 -alkyl-d-C 8 -alkoxycarbannoyl, a d-C 8 -alkoxycarbonyl, a d-Cs-halogenoalkoxy carbonyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-Cs-alkylcarbonyloxy, a d-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyloxy having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-Cs-alkylcarbonylamino, a d-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonylamino having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C 1 -C 8 - alkylaminocarbonyloxy, a di-d-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyloxy, a d-Cs-alkyloxycarbonyloxy, a C 1 - C 8 -alkylsulphenyl, a d-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulphenyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a C 1 -C 8 - alkylsulphinyl, a d-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulphinyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-C 8 -alkyl- sulphonyl, a d-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulphonyl having 1 to 9 halogen atoms, a d-C 8 -alkoxyimino, a (d-C 8 -alkoxyimino)-d-C 8 -alkyl, a (C 2 -C 8 -alkenyloxyimino)-d-C 8 -alkyl, a (C 2 -C 8 - alkynyloxyimino)-d-C 8 -alkyl, a (benzyloxyimino)-d-C 8 -alkyl, a tri(d-C 8 -alkyl)silyl, a tri(d-C 8 - alkyl)silyl-d-C 8 -alkyl, a benzyloxy that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, a benzylsulfanyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, a benzylamino that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryloxy that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an arylamino that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an arylsulfanyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-d-C 8 - alkyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, an aryl-C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q, a pyridinyl that can be substituted by up to 4 groups Q or a pyridinyloxy that can be substituted by up to 4 groups Q ;

• Z 1 and Z 2 independently represent a d-C 8 -halogenoalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a C 1 -

C 8 -alkyl, a C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl, a C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl, a C 3 -C 8 -cycloalkyl, a C 3 -C 8 -halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a d-C 8 -halogenoalkenyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms or a C 1 - C 8 -halogenoalkynyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms;

• Z 3 and Z 4 are chosen independently of each other as being a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a d-C 8 -halogenoalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a d-C 8 -alkyl, a C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl, a C 2 -C 8 - alkynyl, a C 3 -C 8 -cycloalkyl, a C 3 -C 8 -halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a C 1 -C 8 - halogenoalkenyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms or a d-C 8 -halogenoalkynyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms; • Z 5 and Z 6 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a Ci-C 8 -alkyl, a C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl, a C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl, a C 3 -C 8 -cycloalkyl, a C 3 -C 8 - halogenocycloalkyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms, a Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkenyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms or a Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkynyl having 1 to 5 halogen atoms; Or Z 4 and Z 5 together with the 2 carbons to which they are attached may form a C 3 -C 8 - cycloalkyl, C 3 -C 8 -cycloalkenyl or C 4 -C 8 -cycloalkynyl, each may be substituted by up to 5 halogen atoms.

• Z 7 represents a non-substituted C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl or a C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl substituted by up to 10 atoms or groups that can be the same or different and that can be selected in the list consisting of halogen atoms ; cyano ; Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 8 -alkoxy ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 8 -alkoxycarbonyl ; C-i-Cs-halogenoalkoxycarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyl ; or di-C-i-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyl ;

• R a represent a hydrogen atom ; Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 8 -alkoxy-Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl ; C 2 -C 8 - halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 2 -C 8 - alkynyl ; C 2 -C 8 -halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl ; C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl-CrC 8 -alkyl ; C 3 -C 7 -halogenocycloalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; formyl ; C 1 -C 8 - alkylcarbonyl ; d-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 8 -alkylsulphonyl ; d-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulphonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; aryl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q ; phenylmethylene that can be substituted by up to 7 groups Q ; or phenylsulphonyl that can be substituted by up to 5 groups Q ;

• Q independently represents a halogen atom ; cyano ; isonitrile ; nitro ; d-C 8 -alkyl ; C 2 -C 8 - alkenyl ; C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl ; d-C 8 -alkoxy ; d-C 8 -alkoxy-d-C 8 -alkyl ; d-C 8 -alkoxy-d-C 8 -alkoxy ; d-C 8 -alkylsulfanyl ; d-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 2 -C 8 -halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 2 -C 8 -halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulfanyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-Cs-halogenoalkoxy-d-Cs-alkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different; tri(Ci-C 8 )alkylsilyl and tri(d-C 8 )alkylsilyl-Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; Ci-C 8 - alkoxyimino ; or (d-C 8 -alkoxyimino)-Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; • R independently represents a hydrogen atom ; halogen atom ; cyano ; isonitrile ; nitro ; amino ; sulfanyl ; pentafluoro-λ 6 -sulfanyl ; d-Cs-alkylamino ; di-Ci-C 8 -alkylamino ; tri(d-C 8 - alkyl)silyl ; Ci-C 8 -alkylsulfanyl ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkylsulfanyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 2 -C 8 -alkenyl ; C 2 -C 8 -halogenoalkenyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 2 -C 8 -alkynyl ; C 2 -C 8 - halogenoalkynyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 1 -C 8 - alkoxy ; d-C 8 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 2 -C 8 -alkenyloxy ; C 2 -C 8 -alkynyloxy ; C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl ; C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl- C 1 -C 8 - alkyl ; C-ι-C 8 -alkylsulphinyl ; C-ι-C 8 -alkylsulphonyl ; C-ι-C 8 alkoxyimino ;

C 8 -alkyl ; (benzyloxyimino)-C-ι-C 8 -alkyl ; aryloxy ; benzyloxy ; benzylsulfanyl ; benzylamino ; aryl ; halogenoaryloxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-i-Cs-alkylcarbonyl ; C-i-Cs-halogenoalkylcarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-i-C 8 -alkoxycarbonyl ; C-i-Cs-halogenoalkoxycarbonyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-i-Cs-alkylaminocarbonyl ; or CIi-C 1 -C 8 - alkylaminocarbonyl ; as well as its salts, N-oxydes, metallic complexes, metalloidic complexes and optically active isomers.

For the compounds according to the invention, the following generic terms are generally used with the following meanings:

• halogen means fluorine, bromine, chlorine or iodine, carboxy means -C(=O)OH ; carbonyl means -C(=O)- ; carbamoyl means -C(=O)NH 2 ; N-hydroxycarbamoyl means -C(=O)NHOH ;

SO represents a sulfoxyde group ; SO 2 represents a sulfone group ;

• an alkyl group, an alkenyl group and an alkynyl group as well as moieties containing these terms, can be linear or branched; • the term aryl means phenyl or naphthyl

• heteroatom means sulphur, nitrogen or oxygen.

• in the case of an amino group or the amino moiety of any other amino-comprising group, substituted by two substituents that can be the same or different, the two substituents together with the nitrogen atom to which they are linked can form a heterocyclyl group, preferably a 5- to 7-membered heterocyclyl group, that can be substituted or that can include other hetero atoms, for example a morpholino group or piperidinyl group.

Any of the compounds of the present invention can exist in one or more optical or chiral isomer forms depending on the number of asymmetric centres in the compound. The invention thus relates equally to all the optical isomers and to their racemic or scalemic mixtures (the term "scalemic" denotes a mixture of enantiomers in different proportions) and to the mixtures of all the possible stereoisomers, in all proportions. The diastereoisomers and/or the optical isomers can be separated according to the methods which are known per se by the man ordinary skilled in the art.

Any of the compounds of the present invention can also exist in one or more geometric isomer forms depending on the number of double bonds in the compound. The invention thus relates equally to all geometric isomers and to all possible mixtures, in all proportions. The geometric isomers can be separated according to general methods, which are known per se by the man ordinary skilled in the art. Any of the compounds of formula (I) wherein X represents a hydroxy group, a sulfanyl group or an amino group may be found in its tautomeric form resulting from the shift of the proton of said hydroxy, sulfanyl or amino group. Such tautomeric forms of such compounds are also part of the present invention. More generally speaking, all tautomeric forms of compounds of formula (I) wherein X represents a hydroxy group, a sulfanyl group or an amino group, as well as the tautomeric forms of the compounds which can optionally be used as intermediates in the preparation processes and which will be defined in the description of these processes, are also part of the present invention.

Preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein A is selected in the list consisting of: - a heterocycle of formula (A 1 )

(A 1 ) wherein :

R 1 to R 3 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 5 - alkoxy or d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 2 )

(A 2 ) wherein :

R 4 to R 6 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 5 - alkoxy or Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 3 )

(A 3 ) wherein :

R 7 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 5 -alkoxy or d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R 8 represents a hydrogen atom or a d-C 5 -alkyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 4 )

wherein :

R 9 to R 11 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; amino ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; d-C 5 -alkylsulphanyl ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 5 )

wherein :

R 12 and R 13 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; amino ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 14 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; amino ; Ci-C 5 - halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or Ci-C 5 - halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 6 ) wherein :

R 15 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; a cyano ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ; C-ι-C 5 -alkoxy ; C 1 -C 5 - halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C 1 -C 5 - halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 16 and R 18 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkoxycarbonyl ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ; C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 17 represent a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 7 )

wherein :

R ,19 represents a hydrogen atom or a C-ι-C 5 -alkyl

RR 2200 ttoo RR 2222 tthhaatt ccaann bbee tthhee ssaammee oorr ddiiffffeerreenntt rreepprreesent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 8 )

wherein :

R 23 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 24 represents a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C 5 -alkyl or CrC 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; - a heterocycle of formula (A 9 )

wherein : R 25 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; CrC 5 -alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 26 represents a hydrogen atom ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 10 )

wherein :

R 27 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C r C 5 -alkyl or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 28 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C r C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; d-C 5 -alkylamino or di(d-C 5 -alkyl)amino ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 11 )

wherein :

R 29 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 30 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to

9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; d-C 5 -alkylamino or di(d-C 5 -alkyl)amino ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 12 )

(A 12 ) wherein :

R i31 represents a hydrogen atom or a d-C 5 -alkyl

R 32 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C r C 5 -alkyl or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 33 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; a nitro ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; Ci-C 5 - halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C 1 -C 5 - halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 13 )

wherein :

R 34 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C 5 -alkyl ; C3-C 5 -cycloalkyl ; Ci-C 5 - halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 5 -alkoxy ; C 2 -

C 5 -alkynyloxy or Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 35 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C 5 -alkyl ; a cyano ; Ci-C 5 -alkoxy ; Ci-C 5 - alkylsulphanyl ; Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; Ci-C 5 -alkylamino or di(Ci-C 5 -alkyl)amino ;

R 36 represents a hydrogen atom or Ci-C 5 -alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A )

(A 14 ) wherein : R 37 and R 38 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl ; C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C 1 - C 5 -alkoxy or a C 1 -C 5 - alkylsulphanyl ; R 39 represents a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 15 )

wherein : R -,40 and , r R-,41 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 16 \ )

(A 16 ) wherein :

R 42 and R 43 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl ; C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or amino ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A 17 \ )

(A 17 ) wherein :

R 44 and R 45 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 18 \ )

(A 18 ) wherein :

R 47 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C r C 5 -alkyl or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 46 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ; C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or C-ι-C 5 -alkylsulfanyl ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 19\ )

(A 19 ) wherein :

R 49 and R 48 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

- a heterocycle of formula (A 20 )

(A 20 ) wherein :

R 50 and R 51 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl ; Ci-C 5 -alkoxy ; Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A 21 )

(A 21 ) wherein : R 52 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; CrC 5 -alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different.

-a heterocycle of formula (A 22 )

(A 22 ) wherein :

R 53 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C r C 5 -alkyl or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different.

-a heterocycle of formula (A 23 )

(A 23 ) wherein : R 54 and R 56 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C 5 - alkyl or d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R 55 represents a hydrogen atom or d-C 5 -alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A 24 )

(A 24 ) wherein :

R 57 and R 59 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; Ci-C 5 - alkyl or Ci-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R 58 represents a hydrogen atom or Ci-C 5 -alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A 25 )

(A 25 ) wherein :

R 60 and R 61 that can be the same or different represent a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C 1 -C 5 - alkyl or C-ι-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; R 62 represents a hydrogen atom or C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ;

-a heterocycle of formula (A 26 )

(A 26 ) wherein :

R 65 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; C-ι-C 5 -alkyl ; C 3 -C 5 -cycloalkyl ; C 1 -C 5 - halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; C 2 - C 5 -alkynyloxy or d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ;

R 63 represents a hydrogen atom ; a halogen atom ; d-C 5 -alkyl ; a cyano ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; C 1 -C 5 - alkylsulphanyl ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 5 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; amino ; C-ι-C 5 -alkylamino or di(C-ι-C 5 -alkyl)amino ; R 64 represents a hydrogen atom or d-C 5 -alkyl.

More preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein A is selected in the list consisting of A 2 ; A 6 ; A 10 and A 13 as herein-defined.

Even more preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein A represents A 13 wherein R 34 represents a d-C 5 -alkyl, d-C 5 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; d-C 5 -alkoxy ; R 35 represents a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom and R 36 represents a d-C 5 -alkyl.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein W represents O or S. Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein n represents 0, 1 or 2.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein when W is oxygen and T is oxygen and n is greater or equal to 1 then X is not a halogen atom, a nitro, a cyano, an amino, a formyl, a (hydroxyimino)-C-ι-C 6 -alkyl , a d-C 6 -alkyl, a d-C 6 -halogenoalkyl, a C 2 -C 6 - alkenyl, a C 2 -C 6 -halogenoalkenyl, a C 2 -C 6 -alkynyl, a C 2 -C 6 -halogenoalkynyl, a C-ι-C 6 -alkylamino, a di- Ci-C 6 -alkylamino, a d-C 6 -alkoxy, a d-C 6 -halogenoalkoxy, a d-C 6 -alkoxy-d-C 6 -alkyl, a C 1 -C 6 - alkylsulfanyl, a C 2 -C 6 -alkenyloxy, a C 2 -C 6 -halogenoalkenyloxy, a C 3 -C 6 -cycloalkyl, a C 3 -C 6 -cycloalkyl- C 2 -C 6 -alkenyl, a C 3 -C 6 -cycloalkyl-C 2 -C 6 -alkynyl, a C 3 -C 6 -halogenocycloalkyl, a C 3 -C 6 -cycloalkyl-C 3 -C 6 - cycloalkyl, a Ci-C 6 -alkyl-C 3 -C 6 -cycloalkyl, a C 6 -Ci 4 -bicycloalkyl, a Ci-C 6 -alkylcarbonyl, a C 1 -C 6 - alkylcarbonylamino, a (d-C 6 -alkoxyimino)-d-C 6 -alkyl, a tri(d-C 6 -alkyl)silyl-d-C 6 -alkyl, a phenyl that can be substituted by one or more groups G, a phenoxy that can be substituted by up one or more groups G, a phenyl-d-C 6 -alkyl that can be substituted by one or more halogens, a phenyl-C 2 -C 6 - alkenyl that can be substituted by one or more halogens, a phenyl-C 2 -C 6 -alkynyl that can be substituted by one or more halogens, a phenyl-C 3 -C 6 -cycloalkyl that can be substituted by one or more halogens; each G independently represents a halogen, nitro, d-C 6 -alkoxy, d-C 6 -alkylsulfanyl, C 1 -C 6 - halogenoalkoxy, d-C 6 -halogenoalkyl sulfanyl, tri(d-C 6 .alkyl)silyl, (d-C 6 -alkoxyimino)-d-C 6 -alkyl ;

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein X independently represents a halogen atom ; d-C 8 -alkyl ; d-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; tri(d-C 8 -alkyl)silyl ; d-C 8 -alkoxy or C 1 -C 8 - halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different. Other more preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein two consecutive substituents X together with the phenyl ring form a substituted or non substituted 1 ,3- benzodioxolyl ; 1 ,2,3,4-tetrahydro-quinoxalinyl ; 3,4-dihydro-2H-1 ,4-benzoxazinyl ; 1 ,4-benzodioxanyl ; indanyl ; 2,3-dihydrobenzofuranyl ; indolinyl.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein Z 1 and Z 2 independently represent a d-C 8 -alkyl.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein Z 3 and Z 4 independently represent a hydrogen atom or a d-C 8 -alkyl.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein Z 5 and Z 6 independently represent a hydrogen atom or a d-C 8 -alkyl.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein Z 7 represents a non-substituted C 3 -C 7 cycloalkyl; C 3 -C 7 cycloalkyl substituted by up to 10 groups or atoms that can be the same or different and that can be selected in the list consisting of halogen atoms ; C-ι-C 8 -alkyl ; C-ι-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; C-ι-C 8 -alkoxy or C-ι-C 8 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different; more preferably Z 7 represents a non-substituted C 3 -C 7 -cycloalkyl ; even more preferably Z 7 represents cyclopropyl.

Other preferred compounds according to the invention are compounds of formula (I) wherein R independently represents a hydrogen atom ; halogen atom ; cyano ; Ci-C 8 -alkylamino ; di-C-ι-C 8 - alkylamino ; tri(Ci-C 8 -alkyl)silyl ; Ci-C 8 -alkyl ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkyl comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 8 -alkoxy ; Ci-C 8 -halogenoalkoxy comprising up to 9 halogen atoms that can be the same or different ; Ci-C 8 -alkylsulfanyl ; amino, hydroxyl ; nitro ; Ci-C 8 - alkoxycarbonyl ; C 2 -C 8 -alkynyloxy.

The above mentioned preferences with regard to the substituents of the compounds according to the invention can be combined in various manners. These combinations of preferred features thus provide sub-classes of compounds according to the invention. Examples of such sub-classes of preferred compounds according to the invention can be combined:

- preferred features of A with preferred features of Z 1 , Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of Z 1 with preferred features of A, Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R; - preferred features of Z 2 with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of Z 3 with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of Z 4 with preferred features of A, Z 1 , Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of Z 5 with preferred features of A, Z 1 , Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of Z 6 with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R; - preferred features of Z 7 with preferred features of A, Z 1 , Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , X, W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of X with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , W, T, n and R;

- preferred features of W with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, T, n and R;

- preferred features of T with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, n and R;

- preferred features of n with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T and R; - preferred features of R with preferred features of A, Z\ Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T and n;

In these combinations of preferred features of the substituents of the compounds according to the invention, the said preferred features can also be selected among the more preferred features of each of A, Z 1 , Z 2 , Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 , X, W, T, n and R, so as to form most preferred subclasses of compounds according to the invention.

The present invention also relates to a process for the preparation of the compound of formula (I). Thus, according to a further aspect of the present invention there is provided a process P1 for the preparation of a compound of formula (I) as herein-defined and wherein T represents O and that comprises reacting a 2-phenoxyethyl-1 -amine derivative of formula (II) or its thia, aza or sila analogue or one of its salt :

wherein X, n, W, Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 and Z 7 are as herein-defined; with a carboxylic acid derivative of the formula (III)

(HI) wherein A is as herein-defined and L 1 represents a leaving group selected in the list consisting of a halogen atom, a hydroxyl group, -OR b , -OC(=O)R b , R b being a C 1 -C 6 alkyl, a C 1 -C 6 haloalkyl, a benzyl, 4-methoxybenzyl or pentafluorophenyl group, or a group of formula 0-C(=0)A ; in the presence of a catalyst and in the presence of a condensing agent in case L 1 represents a hydroxyl group.

The process according to the present invention is conducted in the presence of a catalyst. Suitable catalyst may be selected in the list consisting of 4-dimethyl-aminopyridine, 1-hydroxy-benzotriazole or dimethylformamide. In case L 1 represents a hydroxy group, the process according to the present invention is conducted in the presence of condensing agent. Suitable condensing agent may be selected in the list consisting of acid halide former, such as phosgene, phosphorous tribromide, phosphorous trichloride, phosphorous -pentachloride, phosphorous trichloride oxide or thionyl chloride; anhydride former, such as ethyl chloroformate, methyl chloroformate, isopropyl chloroformate, isobutyl chloroformate or methanesulfonyl- chloride; carbodiimides, such as N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC) or other customary condensing agents, such as phosphorous pentoxide, polyphosphoric acid, N,N'-carbonyl- diimidazole, 2-ethoxy-N-ethoxycarbonyl-1 ,2-dihydroquinoline (EEDQ), triphenylphosphine/tetrachloromethane, 4-(4,6-dimethoxy[1.3.5]triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium chloride hydrate or bromo-tripyrrolidino-phosphonium-hexafluorophosphate.

According to a further aspect according to the invention, there is provided a process P2 for the preparation of a compound of formula (I) wherein T represents S, starting from a compound of formula (I) wherein T represents O and illustrated according to the following reaction scheme :

(D ( D

Process P2 wherein X, n, W, Z 3 , Z 4 , Z 5 , Z 6 , Z 7 and A are as herein-defined, in the optional presence of a catalytic or stoechiometric or more, quantity of a base such as an inorganic and organic base. Preference is given to using alkali metal carbonates, such as sodium carbonate, potassium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate ; heterocyclic aromatic bases, such as pyridine, picoline, lutidine, collidine ; and also tertiary amines, such as trimethylamine, triethylamine, tributylamine, N, N- dimethylaniline, N,N-dimethylaminopyridine or N-methylpiperidine.

Process P2 according to the invention can be performed in the presence of a thionating agent.

Starting amide derivatives of formula (I) can be prepared according to processes P1.

Suitable thionating agents for carrying out process P2 according to the invention can be sulphur (S), sulfhydric acid (H 2 S), sodium sulfide (Na 2 S), sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), boron trisulfide (B 2 S 3 ), bis (diethylaluminium) sulfide ((AIEt 2 ) 2 S), ammonium sulfide ((NH 4 ) 2 S), phosphorous pentasulfide (P 2 S 5 ), Lawesson's reagent (2,4-bis(4-methoxyphenyl)-1 ,2,3,4-dithiadiphosphetane 2,4-disulfide) or a polymer-supported thionating reagent such as described in J.Chem.Soc. Perkin 1, (2001), 358.

The compound according to the present invention can be prepared according to the general processes of preparation described above. It will nevertheless be understood that, on the basis of his general knowledge and of available publications, the skilled worker will be able to adapt this method according to the specifics of each of the compounds, which it is desired to synthesise.

On the basis of his general knowledge and of available publications (for example as described in US 3235597), the skilled worker will also be able to prepare intermediate compound of formula (II) according to the present invention.

In a further aspect, the present invention also relates to a fungicide composition comprising an effective and non-phytotoxic amount of an active compound of formula (I).

The expression "effective and non-phytotoxic amount" means an amount of composition according to the invention that is sufficient to control or destroy the fungi present or liable to appear on the cropsand that does not entail any appreciable symptom of phytotoxicity for the said crops. Such an amount can vary within a wide range depending on the fungus to be controlled, the type of crop, the climatic conditions and the compounds included in the fungicide composition according to the invention. This amount can be determined by systematic field trials, that are within the capabilities of a person skilled in the art.

Thus, according to the invention, there is provided a fungicide composition comprising, as an active ingredient, an effective amount of a compound of formula (I) as herein defined and an agriculturally acceptable support, carrier or filler.

According to the invention, the term "support" denotes a natural or synthetic, organic or inorganic compound with that the active compound of formula (I) is combined or associated to make it easier to apply, notably to the parts of the plant. This support is thus generally inert and should be agriculturally acceptable. The support can be a solid or a liquid. Examples of suitable supports include clays, natural or synthetic silicates, silica, resins, waxes, solid fertilisers, water, alcohols, in particular butanol, organic solvents, mineral and plant oils and derivatives thereof. Mixtures of such supports can also be used.

The composition according to the invention can also comprise additional components. In particular, the composition can further comprise a surfactant. The surfactant can be an emulsifier, a dispersing agent or a wetting agent of ionic or non-ionic type or a mixture of such surfactants. Mention can be made, for example, of polyacrylic acid salts, lignosulphonic acid salts, phenolsulphonic or naphthalenesulphonic acid salts, polycondensates of ethylene oxide with fatty alcohols or with fatty acids or with fatty amines, substituted phenols (in particular alkylphenols or arylphenols), salts of sulphosuccinic acid esters, taurine derivatives (in particular alkyl taurates), phosphoric esters of polyoxyethylated alcohols or phenols, fatty acid esters of polyolsand derivatives of the above compounds containing sulphate, sulphonate and phosphate functions. The presence of at least one surfactant is generally essential when the active compound and/or the inert support are water-insoluble and when the vector agent for the application is water. Preferably, surfactant content can be comprised from 5% to 40% by weight of the composition.

Optionally, additional components can also be included, e.g. protective colloids, adhesives, thickeners, thixotropic agents, penetration agents, stabilisers, sequestering agents. More generally, the active compounds can be combined with any solid or liquid additive, that complies with the usual formulation techniques.

In general, the composition according to the invention can contain from 0.05 to 99% by weight of active compound, preferably 10 to 70% by weight.

Compositions according to the invention can be used in various forms such as aerosol dispenser, capsule suspension, cold fogging concentrate, dustable powder, emulsifiable concentrate, emulsion oil in water, emulsion water in oil, encapsulated granule, fine granule, flowable concentrate for seed treatment, gas (under pressure),gas generating product, granule, hot fogging concentrate, macrogranule, microgranule, oil dispersible powder, oil miscible flowable concentrate, oil miscible liquid, paste, plant rodlet, powder for dry seed treatment, seed coated with a pesticide, soluble concentrate, soluble powder, solution for seed treatment, suspension concentrate (flowable concentrate), ultra low volume (ULV) liquid, ultra low volume (ULV) suspension, water dispersible granules or tablets, water dispersible powder for slurry treatment, water soluble granules or tablets, water soluble powder for seed treatment and wettable powder. These compositions include not only compositions that are ready to be applied to the plant or seed to be treated by means of a suitable device, such as a spraying or dusting device, but also concentrated commercial compositions that must be diluted before application to the crop.

The compounds according to the invention can also be mixed with one or more insecticide, fungicide, bactericide, attractant, acaricide or pheromone active substance or other compounds with biological activity. The mixtures thus obtained have normally a broadened spectrum of activity. The mixtures with other fungicide compounds are particularly advantageous.

Examples of suitable fungicide mixing partners can be selected in the following lists:

(1 ) Inhibitors of the nucleic acid synthesis, for example benalaxyl, benalaxyl-M, bupirimate, clozylacon, dimethirimol, ethirimol, furalaxyl, hymexazol, metalaxyl, metalaxyl-M, ofurace, oxadixyl and oxolinic acid.

(2) Inhibitors of the mitosis and cell division, for example benomyl, carbendazim, chlorfenazole, diethofencarb, ethaboxam, fuberidazole, pencycuron, thiabendazole, thiophanate, thiophanate-methyl and zoxamide.

(3) Inhibitors of the respiration, for example diflumetorim as Cl-respiration inhibitor; bixafen, boscalid, carboxin, fenfuram, flutolanil, fluopyram, furametpyr, furmecyclox, isopyrazam (mixture of syn-epimeric racemate 1 RS, 4SR, 9RS and anti-epimeric racemate 1 RS,4SR,9SR), isopyrazam (syn epimeric racemate 1 RS,4SR,9RS), isopyrazam (syn-epimeric enantiomer 1 R,4S,9R), isopyrazam (syn-epimeric enantiomer 1S,4R,9S), isopyrazam (anti-epimeric racemate 1 RS, 4SR, 9SR), isopyrazam (anti-epimeric enantiomer 1 R,4S,9S), isopyrazam (anti-epimeric enantiomer 1S,4R,9R), mepronil, oxycarboxin, penflufen, penthiopyrad, sedaxane, thifluzamide as Cll-respiration inhibitor; amisulbrom, azoxystrobin, cyazofamid, dimoxystrobin, enestroburin, famoxadone, fenamidone, fluoxastrobin, kresoxim-methyl, metominostrobin, orysastrobin, picoxystrobin, pyraclostrobin, pyraoxystrobin, pyrametostrobin, pyribencarb, trifloxystrobin as Clll-respiration inhibitor.

(4) Compounds capable to act as an uncoupler, like for example binapacryl, dinocap, fluazinam and meptyldinocap. (5) Inhibitors of the ATP production, for example fentin acetate, fentin chloride, fentin hydroxide, and silthiofam.

(6) Inhibitors of the amino acid and/or protein biosynthesis, for example andoprim, blasticidin-S, cyprodinil, kasugamycin, kasugamycin hydrochloride hydrate, mepanipyrim and pyrimethanil.

(7) Inhibitors of the signal transduction, for example fenpiclonil, fludioxonil and quinoxyfen.

(8) Inhibitors of the lipid and membrane synthesis, for example biphenyl, chlozolinate, edifenphos, etridiazole, iodocarb, iprobenfos, iprodione, isoprothiolane, procymidone, propamocarb, propamocarb hydrochloride, pyrazophos, tolclofos-methyl and vinclozolin.

(9) Inhibitors of the ergosterol biosynthesis, for example aldimorph, azaconazole, bitertanol, bromuconazole, cyproconazole, diclobutrazole, difenoconazole, diniconazole, diniconazole-M, dodemorph, dodemorph acetate, epoxiconazole, etaconazole, fenarimol, fenbuconazole, fenhexamid, fenpropidin, fenpropimorph, fluquinconazole, flurprimidol, flusilazole, flutriafol, furconazole, furconazole-cis, hexaconazole, imazalil, imazalil sulfate, imibenconazole, ipconazole, metconazole, myclobutanil, naftifine, nuarimol, oxpoconazole, paclobutrazol, pefurazoate, penconazole, piperalin, prochloraz, propiconazole, prothioconazole, pyributicarb, pyrifenox, quinconazole, simeconazole, spiroxamine, tebuconazole, terbinafine, tetraconazole, triadimefon, triadimenol, tridemorph, triflumizole, triforine, triticonazole, uniconazole, viniconazole and voriconazole.

(10) Inhibitors of the cell wall synthesis, for example benthiavalicarb, dimethomorph, flumorph, iprovalicarb, mandipropamid, polyoxins, polyoxorim, prothiocarb, validamycin A, and valifenalate.

(11 ) Inhibitors of the melanine biosynthesis, for example carpropamid, diclocymet, fenoxanil, phthalide, pyroquilon and tricyclazole.

(12) Compounds capable to induce a host defence, like for example acibenzolar-S-methyl, probenazole, and tiadinil.

(13) Compounds capable to have a multisite action, like for example bordeaux mixture, captafol, captan, chlorothalonil, copper naphthenate, copper oxide, copper oxychloride, copper preparations such as copper hydroxide, copper sulphate, dichlofluanid, dithianon, dodine, dodine free base, ferbam, fluorofolpet, folpet, guazatine, guazatine acetate, iminoctadine, iminoctadine albesilate, iminoctadine triacetate, mancopper, mancozeb, maneb, metiram, metiram zinc, oxine-copper, propamidine, propineb, sulphur and sulphur preparations including calcium polysulphide, thiram, tolylfluanid, zineb and ziram.

(14) Further compounds like for example 2,3-dibutyl-6-chlorothieno[2,3-d]pyrimidin-4(3H)-one, ethyl (2Z)-3-amino-2-cyano-3-phenylprop-2-enoate, N-[2-(1 ,3-dimethylbutyl)phenyl]-5-fluoro-1 ,3-dimethyl- 1 H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide, 3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-N-(3',4',5'-trifluorobiphenyl-2- yl)-1 H-pyrazole- 4-carboxamide, 3-(difluoronnethyl)-N-[4-fluoro-2-(1 ,1 ,2,3,3,3-hexafluoropropoxy)phenyl]-1-nnethyl-1 H- pyrazole-4-carboxannide, (2E)-2-(2-{[6-(3-chloro-2-methylphenoxy)-5-fluoropyrimidin-4 -yl]oxy}phenyl)- 2-(methoxyimino)-N-methylethanamide, (2E)-2-{2-[({[(2E,3E)-4-(2,6-dichlorophenyl)but-3-en-2- ylidene]amino}oxy)nnethyl]phenyl}-2-(nnethoxyinnino)-N-nneth ylethanannide, 2-chloro-N-(1 ,1 ,3-trimethyl- 2,3-dihydro-1 H-inden-4-yl)pyridine-3-carboxamide, N-(3-ethyl-3,5,5-trimethylcyclohexyl)-3- (formylamino)-2-hydroxybenzannide, 5-methoxy-2-methyl-4-(2-{[({(1 E)-1-[3-

(trifluoronnethyl)phenyl]ethylidene}annino)oxy]nnethyl}ph enyl)-2,4-dihydro-3H-1 ,2,4-triazol-3-one, (2E)- 2-(methoxyimino)-N-methyl-2-(2-{[({(1 E)-1-[3- (trifluoromethyl)phenyl]ethylidene}annino)oxy]nnethyl}phenyl )ethanannide, (2E)-2-(methoxyinnino)-N- methyl-2-{2-[(E)-({1-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]ethoxy}imino )methyl]phenyl}ethanamide, (2E)-2-{2- [({[(1 E)-1-(3-{[(E)-1-fluoro-2-phenylethenyl]oxy}phenyl)ethylidene ]amino}oxy)nnethyl]phenyl}-2- (methoxyinnino)-N-nnethylethanannide, i^-chlorophenyO^I H-i ^^-triazol-i-yOcycloheptanol, methyl 1-(2,2-dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1 H-inden-1-yl)-1 H-imidazole-5-carboxylate, N-ethyl-N-methyl-N'-{2-methyl- 5-(trifluoromethyl)-4-[3-(trinnethylsilyl)propoxy]phenyl}inn idofornnannide, N'-{5-(difluoromethyl)-2-nnethyl- 4-[3-(trimethylsilyl)propoxy]phenyl}-N-ethyl-N-nnethylinnido fornnannide, 0-{1-[(4- methoxyphenoxy)nnethyl]-2,2-dinnethylpropyl} I H-imidazole-1-carbothioate, N-[2-(4-{[3-(4- chlorophenyl)prop-2-yn-1-yl]oxy}-3-methoxyphenyl)ethyl]-N 2 -(nnethylsulfonyl)valinannide, 5-chloro-7-(4- methylpiperidin-1-yl)-6-(2,4,6-trifluorophenyl)[1 ,2,4]triazolo[1 ,5-a]pyrimidine, 5-amino-1 ,3,4-thiadiazole- 2-thiol, propamocarb-fosetyl, 1-[(4-methoxyphenoxy)nnethyl]-2,2-dinnethylpropyl 1 H-imidazole-1- carboxylate, 1-nnethyl-N-[2-(1 ,1 ,2,2-tetrafluoroethoxy)phenyl]-3-(trifluoronnethyl)-1 H-pyrazole-4- carboxamide, 2,3,5,6-tetrachloro-4-(methylsulfonyl)pyridine, 2-butoxy-6-iodo-3-propyl-4H-chromen-4- one, 2-phenylphenol and salts, 3-(difluoronnethyl)-1-nnethyl-N-[2-(1 ,1 ,2,2-tetrafluoroethoxy)phenyl]-1 H- pyrazole-4-carboxamide, 3,4,5-trichloropyridine-2,6-dicarbonitrile, 3-[5-(4-chlorophenyl)-2,3- dimethylisoxazolidin-3-yl]pyridine, 3-chloro-5-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-(2,6-difluorophenyl)-6- methylpyridazine, 4-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-(2,6-difluorophenyl)-3,6-dimethylpyrida zine, quinolin-8-ol, quinolin-8-ol sulfate (2:1 ) (salt), tebufloquin, 5-methyl-6-octyl-3,7-dihydro[1 ,2,4]triazolo[1 ,5-a]pyrinnidin- 7-amine, 5-ethyl-6-octyl-3,7-dihydro[1 ,2,4]triazolo[1 ,5-a]pyrimidin-7-annine, ametoctradin, benthiazole, bethoxazin, capsimycin, carvone, chinomethionat, chloroneb, cufraneb, cyflufenamid, cymoxanil, cyprosulfamide, dazomet, debacarb, dichlorophen, diclomezine, dicloran, difenzoquat, difenzoquat methylsulphate, diphenylamine, ecomate, ferimzone, flumetover, fluopicolide, fluoroimide, flusulfamide, flutianil, fosetyl-aluminium, fosetyl-calcium, fosetyl-sodium, hexachlorobenzene, irumamycin, isotianil, methasulfocarb, methyl (2E)-2-{2-[({cyclopropyl[(4- methoxyphenyl)imino]methyl}thio)methyl]phenyl}-3-methoxyacry late, methyl isothiocyanate, metrafenone, (5-chloro-2-methoxy-4-methylpyridin-3-yl)(2,3,4-trimethoxy-6 -methylphenyl)methanone, mildiomycin, tolnifanide, N-(4-chlorobenzyl)-3-[3-methoxy-4-(prop-2-yn-1-yloxy)phenyl] propanamide, N-[(4-chlorophenyl)(cyano)methyl]-3-[3-methoxy-4-(prop-2-yn- 1-yloxy)phenyl]propanamide, N-[(5- bromo-S-chloropyridin^-y^methyll^^-dichloropyridine-S-carbox amide, N-[1-(5-bromo-3-chloropyridin- 2-yl)ethyl]-2,4-dichloropyridine-3-carboxamide, N-[1-(5-bromo-3-chloropyridin-2-yl)ethyl]-2-fluoro-4- iodopyridine-3-carboxamide, N-{(Z)-[(cyclopropylmethoxy)imino][6-(difluoromethoxy)-2,3- difluorophenyl]methyl}-2-phenylacetamide, N-{(E)-[(cyclopropylmethoxy)imino][6-(difluoromethoxy)- 2,3-difluorophenyl]nnethyl}-2-phenylacetannide, natamycin, nickel dimethyldithiocarbamate, nitrothal- isopropyl, octhilinone, oxamocarb, oxyfenthiin, pentachlorophenol and salts, phenazine-1-carboxylic acid, phenothrin, phosphorous acid and its salts, propamocarb fosetylate, propanosine-sodium, proquinazid, pyrrolnitrine, quintozene, S-prop-2-en-1-yl 5-amino-2-(1-methylethyl)-4-(2-methylphenyl)- 3-oxo-2,3-dihydro-1 H-pyrazole-1-carbothioate, tecloftalam, tecnazene, triazoxide, trichlamide, 5- chloro-N'-phenyl-N'-prop-2-yn-1-ylthiophene-2-sulfonohydrazi de, zarilamid, N-methyl-2-(1-{[5-nnethyl- a-OrifluoromethyO-I H-pyrazol-i-yllacetylJpiperidin^-yO-N-^I R^I ^.a^-tetrahydronaphthalen-i-yll-I .S- thiazole-4-carboxamide, N-nnethyl-2-(1-{[5-nnethyl-3-(trifluoronnethyl)-1 H-pyrazol-1-yl]acetyl}piperidin-4- yl)-N-(1 ,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl)-1 ,3-thiazole-4-carboxamide, 3-(difluoromethyl)-N-[4-fluoro-2- (1 ,1 ,2,3,3,3-hexafluoropropoxy)phenyl]-1-methyl-1 H-pyrazole-4-carboxannide and pentyl {6-[({[(1- methyl-1 H-tetrazol-5-yl)(phenyl)nnethylidene]annino}oxy)nnethyl]pyri din-2-yl}carbannate.

The composition according to the invention comprising a mixture of a compound of formula (I) with a bactericide compound can also be particularly advantageous. Examples of suitable bactericide mixing partners can be selected in the following list: bronopol, dichlorophen, nitrapyrin, nickel dimethyldithiocarbamate, kasugamycin, octhilinone, furancarboxylic acid, oxytetracycline, probenazole, streptomycin, tecloftalam, copper sulphate and other copper preparations.

The compounds of formula (I) and the fungicide composition according to the invention can be used to curatively or preventively control the phytopathogenic fungi of plants or crops.

Thus, according to a further aspect of the invention, there is provided a method for curatively or preventively controlling the phytopathogenic fungi of plants or crops characterised in that a compound of formula (I) or a fungicide composition according to the invention is applied to the seed, the plant or to the fruit of the plant or to the soil wherein the plant is growing or wherein it is desired to grow. The method of treatment according to the invention can also be useful to treat propagation material such as tubers or rhizomes, but also seeds, seedlings or seedlings pricking out and plants or plants pricking out. This method of treatment can also be useful to treat roots. The method of treatment according to the invention can also be useful to treat the overground parts of the plant such as trunks, stems or stalks, leaves, flowers and fruit of the concerned plant.

Among the plants that can be protected by the method according to the invention, mention can be made of cotton; flax; vine; fruit or vegetable crops such as Rosaceae sp. (for instance pip fruit such as apples and pears, but also stone fruit such as apricots, almonds and peaches), Ribesioidae sp., Juglandaceae sp., Betulaceae sp., Anacardiaceae sp., Fagaceae sp., Moraceae sp., Oleaceae sp., Actinidaceae sp., Lauraceae sp., Musaceae sp. (for instance banana trees and plantins), Rubiaceae sp., Theaceae sp., Sterculiceae sp., Rutaceae sp. (for instance lemons oranges and grapefruit); Solanaceae sp. (for instance tomatoes), Liliaceae sp., Asteraceae sp. (for instance lettuces), Umbelliferae sp., Cruciferae sp., Chenopodiaceae sp., Cucurbitaceae sp., Papilionaceae sp. (for instance peas), Rosaceae sp. (for instance strawberries); major crops such as Graminae sp. (for instance maize, lawn or cereals such as wheat, rye, rice, barley and triticale), Asteraceae sp. (for instance sunflower), Cruciferae sp. (for instance colza), Fabacae sp. (for instance peanuts), Papilionaceae sp. (for instance soybean), Solanaceae sp. (for instance potatoes), Chenopodiaceae sp. (for instance beetroots), Elaeis sp. (for instance oil palm); horticultural and forest crops; as well as genetically modified homologues of these crops.

The method of treatment according to the invention can be used in the treatment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), e.g. plants or seeds. Genetically modified plants (or transgenic plants) are plants in which a heterologous gene has been stably integrated into the genome. The expression "heterologous gene" essentially means a gene which is provided or assembled outside the plant and when introduced in the nuclear, chloroplastic or mitochondrial genome gives the transformed plant new or improved agronomic or other properties by expressing a protein or polypeptide of interest or by downregulating or silencing other gene(s) which are present in the plant (using for example, antisense technology, co suppression technology or RNA interference - RNAi - technology). A heterologous gene that is located in the genome is also called a transgene. A transgene that is defined by its particular location in the plant genome is called a transformation or transgenic event.

Depending on the plant species or plant cultivars, their location and growth conditions (soils, climate, vegetation period, diet), the treatment according to the invention may also result in superadditive ("synergistic") effects. Thus, for example, reduced application rates and/or a widening of the activity spectrum and/or an increase in the activity of the active compounds and compositions which can be used according to the invention, better plant growth, increased tolerance to high or low temperatures, increased tolerance to drought or to water or soil salt content, increased flowering performance, easier harvesting, accelerated maturation, higher harvest yields, bigger fruits, larger plant height, greener leaf color, earlier flowering, higher quality and/or a higher nutritional value of the harvested products, higher sugar concentration within the fruits, better storage stability and/or processability of the harvested products are possible, which exceed the effects which were actually to be expected.

At certain application rates, the active compound combinations according to the invention may also have a strengthening effect in plants. Accordingly, they are also suitable for mobilizing the defense system of the plant against attack by unwanted phytopathogenic fungi and/ or microorganisms and/or viruses. This may, if appropriate, be one of the reasons of the enhanced activity of the combinations according to the invention, for example against fungi. Plant-strengthening (resistance-inducing) substances are to be understood as meaning, in the present context, those substances or combinations of substances which are capable of stimulating the defense system of plants in such a way that, when subsequently inoculated with unwanted phytopathogenic fungi and/ or microorganisms and/or viruses, the treated plants display a substantial degree of resistance to these unwanted phytopathogenic fungi and/ or microorganisms and/or viruses. In the present case, unwanted phytopathogenic fungi and/ or microorganisms and/or viruses are to be understood as meaning phytopathogenic fungi, bacteria and viruses. Thus, the substances according to the invention can be employed for protecting plants against attack by the abovementioned pathogens within a certain period of time after the treatment. The period of time within which protection is effected generally extends from 1 to 10 days, preferably 1 to 7 days, after the treatment of the plants with the active compounds.

Plants and plant cultivars which are preferably to be treated according to the invention include all plants which have genetic material which impart particularly advantageous, useful traits to these plants (whether obtained by breeding and/or biotechnological means).

Plants and plant cultivars which are also preferably to be treated according to the invention are resistant against one or more biotic stresses, i.e. said plants show a better defense against animal and microbial pests, such as against nematodes, insects, mites, phytopathogenic fungi, bacteria, viruses and/or viroids.

Plants and plant cultivars which may also be treated according to the invention are those plants which are resistant to one or more abiotic stresses. Abiotic stress conditions may include, for example, drought, cold temperature exposure, heat exposure, osmotic stress, flooding, increased soil salinity, increased mineral exposure, ozon exposure, high light exposure, limited availability of nitrogen nutrients, limited availability of phosphorus nutrients, shade avoidance.

Plants and plant cultivars which may also be treated according to the invention, are those plants characterized by enhanced yield characteristics. Increased yield in said plants can be the result of, for example, improved plant physiology, growth and development, such as water use efficiency, water retention efficiency, improved nitrogen use, enhanced carbon assimilation, improved photosynthesis, increased germination efficiency and accelerated maturation. Yield can furthermore be affected by improved plant architecture (under stress and non-stress conditions), including but not limited to, early flowering, flowering control for hybrid seed production, seedling vigor, plant size, internode number and distance, root growth, seed size, fruit size, pod size, pod or ear number, seed number per pod or ear, seed mass, enhanced seed filling, reduced seed dispersal, reduced pod dehiscence and lodging resistance. Further yield traits include seed composition, such as carbohydrate content, protein content, oil content and composition, nutritional value, reduction in anti-nutritional compounds, improved processability and better storage stability.

Plants that may be treated according to the invention are hybrid plants that already express the characteristic of heterosis or hybrid vigor which results in generally higher yield, vigor, health and resistance towards biotic and abiotic stress factors. Such plants are typically made by crossing an inbred male-sterile parent line (the female parent) with another inbred male-fertile parent line (the male parent). Hybrid seed is typically harvested from the male sterile plants and sold to growers. Male sterile plants can sometimes (e.g. in corn) be produced by detasseling, i.e. the mechanical removal of the male reproductive organs (or males flowers) but, more typically, male sterility is the result of genetic determinants in the plant genome. In that case, and especially when seed is the desired product to be harvested from the hybrid plants it is typically useful to ensure that male fertility in the hybrid plants is fully restored. This can be accomplished by ensuring that the male parents have appropriate fertility restorer genes which are capable of restoring the male fertility in hybrid plants that contain the genetic determinants responsible for male-sterility. Genetic determinants for male sterility may be located in the cytoplasm. Examples of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) were for instance described in Brassica species (WO 1992/005251 , WO 1995/009910, WO 1998/27806, WO 2005/002324, WO 2006/021972 and US 6,229,072). However, genetic determinants for male sterility can also be located in the nuclear genome. Male sterile plants can also be obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering. A particularly useful means of obtaining male- sterile plants is described in WO 1989/10396 in which, for example, a ribonuclease such as barnase is selectively expressed in the tapetum cells in the stamens. Fertility can then be restored by expression in the tapetum cells of a ribonuclease inhibitor such as barstar (e.g. WO 1991/002069).

Plants or plant cultivars (obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering) which may be treated according to the invention are herbicide-tolerant plants, i.e. plants made tolerant to one or more given herbicides. Such plants can be obtained either by genetic transformation, or by selection of plants containing a mutation imparting such herbicide tolerance.

Herbicide-tolerant plants are for example glyphosate-tolerant plants, i.e. plants made tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate or salts thereof. Plants can be made tolerant to glyphosate through different means. For example, glyphosate-tolerant plants can be obtained by transforming the plant with a gene encoding the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS). Examples of such EPSPS genes are the AroA gene (mutant CT7) of the bacterium Salmonella typhimurium (Comai et al., Science (1983), 221 , 370-371 ), the CP4 gene of the bacterium Agrobacterium sp. (Barry et al., Curr. Topics Plant Physiol. (1992), 7, 139-145), the genes encoding a Petunia EPSPS (Shah et al., Science (1986), 233, 478-481 ), a Tomato EPSPS (Gasser et al., J. Biol. Chem. (1988),263, 4280-4289), or an Eleusine EPSPS (WO 2001/66704). It can also be a mutated EPSPS as described in for example EP- A 0837944, WO 2000/066746, WO 2000/066747 or WO 2002/026995. Glyphosate-tolerant plants can also be obtained by expressing a gene that encodes a glyphosate oxido-reductase enzyme as described in US 5,776,760 and US 5,463,175. Glyphosate-tolerant plants can also be obtained by expressing a gene that encodes a glyphosate acetyl transferase enzyme as described in for example WO 2002/036782, WO 2003/092360, WO 2005/012515 and WO 2007/024782. Glyphosate-tolerant plants can also be obtained by selecting plants containing naturally-occurring mutations of the above- mentioned genes, as described in for example WO 2001/024615 or WO 2003/013226. Other herbicide resistant plants are for example plants that are made tolerant to herbicides inhibiting the enzyme glutamine synthase, such as bialaphos, phosphinothricin or glufosinate. Such plants can be obtained by expressing an enzyme detoxifying the herbicide or a mutant glutamine synthase enzyme that is resistant to inhibition. One such efficient detoxifying enzyme is an enzyme encoding a phosphinothricin acetyltransferase (such as the bar or pat protein from Streptomyces species). Plants expressing an exogenous phosphinothricin acetyltransferase are for example described in US 5,561 ,236; US 5,648,477; US 5,646,024; US 5,273,894; US 5,637,489; US 5,276,268; US 5,739,082; US 5,908,810 and US 7,112,665. Further herbicide-tolerant plants are also plants that are made tolerant to the herbicides inhibiting the enzyme hydroxyphenylpyruvatedioxygenase (HPPD). Hydroxyphenylpyruvatedioxygenases are enzymes that catalyze the reaction in which para-hydroxyphenyl pyruvate (HPP) is transformed into homogentisate. Plants tolerant to HPPD-inhibitors can be transformed with a gene encoding a naturally-occurring resistant HPPD enzyme, or a gene encoding a mutated HPPD enzyme as described in WO 1996/038567, WO 1999/024585 and WO 1999/024586. Tolerance to HPPD- inhibitors can also be obtained by transforming plants with genes encoding certain enzymes enabling the formation of homogentisate despite the inhibition of the native HPPD enzyme by the HPPD- inhibitor. Such plants and genes are described in WO 1999/034008 and WO 2002/36787. Tolerance of plants to HPPD inhibitors can also be improved by transforming plants with a gene encoding an enzyme prephenate dehydrogenase in addition to a gene encoding an HPPD-tolerant enzyme, as described in WO 2004/024928.

Still further herbicide resistant plants are plants that are made tolerant to acetolactate synthase (ALS) inhibitors. Known ALS-inhibitors include, for example, sulfonylurea, imidazolinone, triazolopyrimidines, pyrimidinyloxy(thio)benzoates, and/or sulfonylaminocarbonyltriazolinone herbicides. Different mutations in the ALS enzyme (also known as acetohydroxyacid synthase, AHAS) are known to confer tolerance to different herbicides and groups of herbicides, as described for example in Tranel and Wright, Weed Science (2002), 50, 700-712, but also, in US 5,605,011 , US 5,378,824, US 5,141 ,870, and US 5,013,659. The production of sulfonylurea-tolerant plants and imidazolinone-tolerant plants is described in US 5,605,011 ; US 5,013,659; US 5,141 ,870; US 5,767,361 ; US 5,731 ,180; US 5,304,732; US 4,761 ,373; US 5,331 ,107; US 5,928,937; and US 5,378,824; and international publication WO 1996/033270. Other imidazolinone-tolerant plants are also described in for example WO 2004/040012, WO 2004/106529, WO 2005/020673, WO 2005/093093, WO 2006/007373, WO 2006/015376, WO 2006/024351 , and WO 2006/060634. Further sulfonylurea- and imidazolinone- tolerant plants are also described in for example WO 2007/024782.

Other plants tolerant to imidazolinone and/or sulfonylurea can be obtained by induced mutagenesis, selection in cell cultures in the presence of the herbicide or mutation breeding as described for example for soybeans in US 5,084,082, for rice in WO 1997/41218, for sugar beet in US 5,773,702 and WO 1999/057965 , for lettuce in US 5,198,599, or for sunflower in WO 2001/065922.

Plants or plant cultivars (obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering) which may also be treated according to the invention are insect-resistant transgenic plants, i.e. plants made resistant to attack by certain target insects. Such plants can be obtained by genetic transformation, or by selection of plants containing a mutation imparting such insect resistance. An "insect-resistant transgenic plant", as used herein, includes any plant containing at least one transgene comprising a coding sequence encoding:

1 ) an insecticidal crystal protein from Bacillus thuhngiensis or an insecticidal portion thereof, such as the insecticidal crystal proteins listed by Crickmore et al., Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews (1998), 62, 807-813, updated by Crickmore et al. (2005) at the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin nomenclature, online at: http://www.lifesci.sussex.ac.uk/Home/Neil_Cricknnore/Bt/), or insecticidal portions thereof, e.g., proteins of the Cry protein classes CrylAb, CryiAc, Cry1 F, Cry2Ab, Cry3Aa, or Cry3Bb or insecticidal portions thereof; or

2) a crystal protein from Bacillus thuhngiensis or a portion thereof which is insecticidal in the presence of a second other crystal protein from Bacillus thuringiensis or a portion thereof, such as the binary toxin made up of the Cry34 and Cry35 crystal proteins (Moellenbeck et al., Nat. Biotechnol. (2001 ), 19, 668-72; Schnepf et al., Applied Environm. Microbiol. (2006), 71 , 1765-1774); or

3) a hybrid insecticidal protein comprising parts of different insecticidal crystal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis, such as a hybrid of the proteins of 1 ) above or a hybrid of the proteins of 2) above, e.g., the Cry1A.1O5 protein produced by corn event MON98034 (WO 2007/027777); or

4) a protein of any one of 1 ) to 3) above wherein some, particularly 1 to 10, amino acids have been replaced by another amino acid to obtain a higher insecticidal activity to a target insect species, and/or to expand the range of target insect species affected, and/or because of changes introduced into the encoding DNA during cloning or transformation, such as the Cry3Bb1 protein in corn events MON863 or MON88017, or the Cry3A protein in corn event MIR604;

5) an insecticidal secreted protein from Bacillus thuringiensis or Bacillus cereus, or an insecticidal portion thereof, such as the vegetative insecticidal (VIP) proteins listed at: http://www.lifesci.sussex.ac.uk/home/Neil_Crickmore/Bt/vip.h tml, e.g., proteins from the VIP3Aa protein class; or

6) a secreted protein from Bacillus thuringiensis or Bacillus cereus which is insecticidal in the presence of a second secreted protein from Bacillus thuringiensis or β. cereus, such as the binary toxin made up of the VIP1 A and VIP2A proteins (WO 1994/21795); or

7) a hybrid insecticidal protein comprising parts from different secreted proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis or Bacillus cereus, such as a hybrid of the proteins in 1 ) above or a hybrid of the proteins in 2) above; or

8) a protein of any one of 1 ) to 3) above wherein some, particularly 1 to 10, amino acids have been replaced by another amino acid to obtain a higher insecticidal activity to a target insect species, and/or to expand the range of target insect species affected, and/or because of changes introduced into the encoding DNA during cloning or transformation (while still encoding an insecticidal protein), such as the VIP3Aa protein in cotton event COT102.

Of course, an insect-resistant transgenic plant, as used herein, also includes any plant comprising a combination of genes encoding the proteins of any one of the above classes 1 to 8. In one embodiment, an insect-resistant plant contains more than one transgene encoding a protein of any one of the above classes 1 to 8, to expand the range of target insect species affected when using different proteins directed at different target insect species, or to delay insect resistance development to the plants by using different proteins insecticidal to the same target insect species but having a different mode of action, such as binding to different receptor binding sites in the insect. Plants or plant cultivars (obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering) which may also be treated according to the invention are tolerant to abiotic stresses. Such plants can be obtained by genetic transformation, or by selection of plants containing a mutation imparting such stress resistance. Particularly useful stress tolerance plants include:

a. plants which contain a transgene capable of reducing the expression and/or the activity of poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) gene in the plant cells or plants as described in WO 2000/004173 or WO2006/045633 or PCT/EP07/004142.

b. plants which contain a stress tolerance enhancing transgene capable of reducing the expression and/or the activity of the PARG encoding genes of the plants or plants cells, as described e.g. in WO 2004/090140.

c. plants which contain a stress tolerance enhancing transgene coding for a plant- functional enzyme of the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide salvage synthesis pathway including nicotinamidase, nicotinate phosphoribosyltransferase, nicotinic acid mononucleotide adenyl transferase, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide synthetase or nicotine amide phosphoribosyltransferase as described e.g. in WO2006/032469 or WO 2006/133827 or PCT/EP07/002433.

Plants or plant cultivars (obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering) which may also be treated according to the invention show altered quantity, quality and/or storage-stability of the harvested product and/or altered properties of specific ingredients of the harvested product such as :

1 ) transgenic plants which synthesize a modified starch, which in its physical-chemical characteristics, in particular the amylose content or the amylose/amylopectin ratio, the degree of branching, the average chain length, the side chain distribution, the viscosity behaviour, the gelling strength, the starch grain size and/or the starch grain morphology, is changed in comparison with the synthesised starch in wild type plant cells or plants, so that this is better suited for special applications. Said transgenic plants synthesizing a modified starch are disclosed, for example, in EP 0571427, WO 1995/004826, EP 0719338, WO 1996/15248, WO

1996/19581 , WO 1996/27674, WO 1997/11 188, WO 1997/26362, WO 1997/32985, WO 1997/42328, WO 1997/44472, WO 1997/45545, WO 1998/27212, WO 1998/40503, WO99/58688, WO 1999/58690, WO 1999/58654, WO 2000/008184, WO 2000/008185, WO 2000/008175, WO 2000/28052, WO 2000/77229, WO 2001/12782, WO 2001/12826, WO 2002/101059, WO 2003/071860, WO 2004/056999, WO 2005/030942, WO 2005/030941 , WO

2005/095632, WO 2005/095617, WO 2005/095619, WO 2005/095618, WO 2005/123927, WO 2006/018319, WO 2006/103107, WO 2006/108702, WO 2007/009823, WO 2000/22140, WO 2006/063862, WO 2006/072603, WO 2002/034923, EP 06090134.5, EP 06090228.5, EP o

06090227.7, EP 07090007.1 , EP 07090009.7, WO 2001/14569, WO 2002/79410, WO 2003/33540, WO 2004/078983, WO 2001/19975, WO 1995/26407, WO 1996/34968, WO 1998/20145, WO 1999/12950, WO 1999/66050, WO 1999/53072, US 6,734,341 , WO 2000/11192, WO 1998/22604, WO 1998/32326, WO 2001/98509, WO 2001/98509, WO 2005/002359, US 5,824,790, US 6,013,861 , WO 1994/004693, WO 1994/009144, WO

1994/1 1520, WO 1995/35026, WO 1997/20936.

2) transgenic plants which synthesize non starch carbohydrate polymers or which synthesize non starch carbohydrate polymers with altered properties in comparison to wild type plants without genetic modification. Examples are plants producing polyfructose, especially of the inulin and levan-type, as disclosed in EP 0663956, WO 1996/001904, WO 1996/021023, WO

1998/039460, and WO 1999/024593, plants producing alpha 1 ,4 glucans as disclosed in WO 1995/031553, US 2002/031826, US 6,284,479, US 5,712,107, WO 1997/047806, WO 1997/047807, WO 1997/047808 and WO 2000/014249, plants producing alpha-1 ,6 branched alpha-1 ,4-glucans, as disclosed in WO 2000/73422, plants producing alternan, as disclosed in WO 2000/047727, EP 06077301.7, US 5,908,975 and EP 0728213,

3) transgenic plants which produce hyaluronan, as for example disclosed in WO 2006/032538, WO 2007/039314, WO 2007/039315, WO 2007/039316, JP 2006/304779, and WO 2005/012529.

Plants or plant cultivars (that can be obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering) which may also be treated according to the invention are plants, such as cotton plants, with altered fiber characteristics. Such plants can be obtained by genetic transformation, or by selection of plants contain a mutation imparting such altered fiber characteristics and include: a) Plants, such as cotton plants, containing an altered form of cellulose synthase genes as described in WO 1998/000549 b) Plants, such as cotton plants, containing an altered form of rsw2 or rsw3 homologous nucleic acids as described in WO2004/053219 c) Plants, such as cotton plants, with increased expression of sucrose phosphate synthase as described in WO 2001/017333 d) Plants, such as cotton plants, with increased expression of sucrose synthase as described in WO02/45485 e) Plants, such as cotton plants, wherein the timing of the plasmodesmatal gating at the basis of the fiber cell is altered, e.g. through down regulation of fiberselective β 1 ,3- glucanase as described in WO2005/017157 f) Plants, such as cotton plants, having fibers with altered reactivity, e.g. through the expression of N-acteylglucosaminetransferase gene including nodC and chitinsynthase genes as described in WO2006/136351

Plants or plant cultivars (that can be obtained by plant biotechnology methods such as genetic engineering) which may also be treated according to the invention are plants, such as oilseed rape or o related Brassica plants, with altered oil profile characteristics. Such plants can be obtained by genetic transformation or by selection of plants contain a mutation imparting such altered oil characteristics and include: a) Plants, such as oilseed rape plants, producing oil having a high oleic acid content as described e.g. in US 5,969,169, US 5,840,946 or US 6,323,392 or US 6,063,947 b) Plants such as oilseed rape plants, producing oil having a low linolenic acid content as described in US 6,270828, US 6,169,190 or US 5,965,755 c) Plant such as oilseed rape plants, producing oil having a low level of saturated fatty acids as described e.g. in US 5,434,283

Particularly useful transgenic plants which may be treated according to the invention are plants which comprise one or more genes which encode one or more toxins, such as the following which are sold under the trade names YIELD GARD® (for example maize, cotton, soya beans), KnockOut® (for example maize), BiteGard® (for example maize), Bt-Xtra® (for example maize), StarLink® (for example maize), Bollgard® (cotton), Nucotn® (cotton), Nucotn 33B®(cotton), NatureGard® (for example maize), Protecta® and NewLeaf® (potato). Examples of herbicide-tolerant plants which may be mentioned are maize varieties, cotton varieties and soya bean varieties which are sold under the trade names Roundup Ready® (tolerance to glyphosate, for example maize, cotton, soya bean), Liberty Link® (tolerance to phosphinotricin, for example oilseed rape), IMI® (tolerance to imidazolinones) and STS® (tolerance to sulphonylureas, for example maize). Herbicide-resistant plants (plants bred in a conventional manner for herbicide tolerance) which may be mentioned include the varieties sold under the name Clearfield® (for example maize).

Particularly useful transgenic plants which may be treated according to the invention are plants containing transformation events, or combination of transformation events, that are listed for example in the databases from various national or regional regulatory agencies (see for example http://gmoinfo.jrc.it/gmp_browse.aspx and http://www.agbios.com/dbase.php).

The composition according to the invention may also be used against fungal diseases liable to grow on or inside timber. The term "timber" means all types of species of wood, and all types of working of this wood intended for construction, for example solid wood, high-density wood, laminated wood, and plywood. The method for treating timber according to the invention mainly consists in contacting one or more compounds according to the invention or a composition according to the invention; this includes for example direct application, spraying, dipping, injection or any other suitable means.

Among the diseases of plants or crops that can be controlled by the method according to the invention, mention can be made of :

• Powdery mildew diseases such as : Blumeria diseases, caused for example by Blumeria graminis ; Podosphaera diseases, caused for example by Podosphaera leucotricha ; Sphaerotheca diseases, caused for example by Sphaerotheca fuliginea ; Uncinula diseases, caused for example by Uncinula necator ;

• Rust diseases such as :

Gymnosporangium diseases, caused for example by Gymnosporangium sabinae ; Hemileia diseases, caused for example by Hemileia vastatrix ;

Phakopsora diseases, caused for example by Phakopsora pachyrhizi or Phakopsora meibomiae ; Puccinia diseases, caused for example by Puccinia recondita ; Uromyces diseases, caused for example by Uromyces appendiculatus ;

• Oomycete diseases such as : Albugo diseases caused for example by Albugo Candida;

Bremia diseases, caused for example by Bremia lactucae ;

Peronospora diseases, caused for example by Peronospora pisi or P. brassicae ;

Phytophthora diseases, caused for example by Phytophthora infestans ;

Plasmopara diseases, caused for example by Plasmopara viticola ; Pseudoperonospora diseases, caused for example by Pseudoperonospora humuli or

Pseudoperonospora cubensis ;

Pythium diseases, caused for example by Pythium ultimum ;

• Leafspot, leaf blotch and leaf blight diseases such as : Alternaria diseases, caused for example by Alternaha solani ; Cercospora diseases, caused for example by Cercospora beticola ;

Cladiosporum diseases, caused for example by Cladiospohum cucumeήnum ;

Cochliobolus diseases, caused for example by Cochliobolus sativus ;

Colletotrichum diseases, caused for example by Colletotrichum lindemuthanium ;

Cycloconium diseases, caused for example by Cycloconium oleaginum ; Diaporthe diseases, caused for example by Diaporthe citri ;

Drechslera, Syn: Helminthosporium) or Cochliobolus miyabeanus;

Elsinoe diseases, caused for example by Elsinoe fawcettii ;

Gloeosporium diseases, caused for example by Gloeosporium laeticolor ;

Glomerella diseases, caused for example by Glomerella cingulata ; Guignardia diseases, caused for example by Guignardia bidwelli ;

Leptosphaeria diseases, caused for example by Leptosphaeria maculans ; Leptosphaeria nodorum ;

Magnaporthe diseases, caused for example by Magnaporthe grisea ;

Mycosphaerella diseases, caused for example by Mycosphaerella graminicola ; Mycosphaerella arachidicola ; Mycosphaerella fijiensis ; Phaeosphaeria diseases, caused for example by Phaeosphaeha nodorum ;

Pyrenophora diseases, caused for example by Pyrenophora teres ;

Ramularia diseases, caused for example by Ramularia collo-cygni ;

Rhynchosporium diseases, caused for example by Rhynchosporium secalis ;

Septoria diseases, caused for example by Septoria apiior Septoria lycopercisi ; Typhula diseases, caused for example by Typhula incarnata ; Venturia diseases, caused for example by Venturis inaequalis ;

• Root and stem diseases such as :

Corticium diseases, caused for example by Corticium graminearum ; Fusarium diseases, caused for example by Fusarium oxysporum ; Gaeumannomyces diseases, caused for example by Gaeumannomyces graminis ;

Rhizoctonia diseases, caused for example by Rhizoctonia solani ; Sarocladium diseases caused for example by Sarocladium oryzae; Sclerotium diseases caused for example by Sclerotium oryzae; Tapesia diseases, caused for example by Tapesia acuformis ; Thielaviopsis diseases, caused for example by Thielaviopsis basicola ;

• Ear and panicle diseases including maize cob, such as : Alternaria diseases, caused for example by Alternaria spp. ; Aspergillus diseases, caused for example by Aspergillus flavus ; Cladosporium diseases, caused for example by Cladosporium spp. ; Claviceps diseases, caused for example by Claviceps purpurea ;

Fusarium diseases, caused for example by Fusarium culmorum ; Gibberella diseases, caused for example by Gibberella zeae ; Monographella diseases, caused for example by Monographella nivalis ;

• Smut and bunt diseases such as : Sphacelotheca diseases, caused for example by Sphacelotheca reiliana ;

Tilletia diseases, caused for example by Tilletia caries ; Urocystis diseases, caused for example by Urocystis occulta ; Ustilago diseases, caused for example by Ustilago nuda ;

• Fruit rot and mould diseases such as : Aspergillus diseases, caused for example by Aspergillus flavus ;

Botrytis diseases, caused for example by Botrytis cinerea ;

Penicillium diseases, caused for example by Penicillium expansum ;

Rhizopus diseases caused by example by Rhizopus stolonifer

Sclerotinia diseases, caused for example by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum ; Verticilium diseases, caused for example by Verticilium alboatrum ;

• Seed and soil borne decay, mould, wilt, rot and damping-off diseases such as : Alternaria diseases, caused for example by Alternaria brassicicola Aphanomyces diseases, caused for example by Aphanomyces euteiches Ascochyta diseases, caused for example by Ascochyta lentis Aspergillus diseases, caused for example by Aspergillus flavus

Cladosporium diseases, caused for example by Cladosporium herbarum Cochliobolus diseases, caused for example by Cochliobolus sativus (Conidiaform: Drechslera, Bipolaris Syn: Helminthosporium); Colletotrichum diseases, caused for example by Colletotrichum coccodes; Fusarium diseases, caused for example by Fusarium culmorum; Gibberella diseases, caused for example by Gibberella zeae;

Macrophomina diseases, caused for example by Macrophomina phaseolina

Monographella diseases, caused for example by Monographella nivalis;

Penicillium diseases, caused for example by Penicillium expansum Phoma diseases, caused for example by Phoma lingam

Phomopsis diseases, caused for example by Phomopsis sojae;

Phytophthora diseases, caused for example by Phytophthora cactorum;

Pyrenophora diseases, caused for example by Pyrenophora graminea

Pyricularia diseases, caused for example by Pyricularia oryzae; Pythium diseases, caused for example by Pythium ultimum;

Rhizoctonia diseases, caused for example by Rhizoctonia solani;

Rhizopus diseases, caused for example by Rhizopus oryzae

Sclerotium diseases, caused for example by Sclerotium rolfsii;

Septoria diseases, caused for example by Septoria nodorum; Typhula diseases, caused for example by Typhula incarnata;

Verticillium diseases, caused for example by Verticillium dahliae ;

• Canker, broom and dieback diseases such as : Nectria diseases, caused for example by Nectria galligena ;

• Blight diseases such as : Monilinia diseases, caused for example by Monilinia laxa ;

• Leaf blister or leaf curl diseases such as :

Exobasidium diseases caused for nexample by Exobasidium vexans; Taphrina diseases, caused for example by Taphrina deformans ;

• Decline diseases of wooden plants such as : Esca diseases, caused for example by Phaemoniella clamydospora, Phaeomoniella clamydospora,

Phaeoacremonium aleophilum and Fomitiporia mediterranea ;

Eutypa dyeback, caused for example by Eutypa lata ;

Dutch elm disease, caused for example by Ceratocystsc ulmi ;

Ganoderma diseases caused by example by Ganoderma boninense; • Diseases of flowers and Seeds such as :

Botrytis diseases, caused for example by Botrytis cinerea ;

• Diseases of tubers such as :

Rhizoctonia diseases, caused for example by Rhizoctonia solani Helminthosporium diseases, caused for example by Helminthosporium solani. • Diseases of Tubers such as

Rhizoctonia diseases caused for example by Rhizoctonia solani ;

Helminthosporium diseases caused for example by Helminthosporium solani ;

• Club root diseases such as

Plasmodiophora diseases, caused for example by Plamodiophora brassicae ; • Diseases caused by Bacterial Organisms such as Xanthomanas species for example Xanthomonas campestris pv. oryzae; Pseudomonas species for example Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans; Erwinia species for example Erwinia amylovora.

The fungicide composition according to the invention can also be used against fungal diseases liable to grow on or inside timber. The term "timber" means all types of species of woodand all types of working of this wood intended for construction, for example solid wood, high-density wood, laminated wood and plywood. The method for treating timber according to the invention mainly consists in contacting one or more compounds according to the invention, or a composition according to the invention ; this includes for example direct application, spraying, dipping, injection or any other suitable means.

The dose of active compound usually applied in the method of treatment according to the invention is generally and advantageously from 10 to 800 g/ha, preferably from 50 to 300 g/ha for applications in foliar treatment. The dose of active substance applied is generally and advantageously from 2 to 200 g per 100 kg of seed, preferably from 3 to 150 g per 100 kg of seed in the case of seed treatment. It is clearly understood that the doses indicated herein are given as illustrative examples of the method according to the invention. A person skilled in the art will know how to adapt the application doses, notably according to the nature of the plant or crop to be treated.

The fungicide composition according to the invention can also be used in the treatment of genetically modified organisms with the compounds according to the invention or the agrochemical compositions according to the invention. Genetically modified plants are plants into genome of that a heterologous gene encoding a protein of interest has been stably integrated. The expression "heterologous gene encoding a protein of interest" essentially means genes that give the transformed plant new agronomic properties, or genes for improving the agronomic quality of the modified plant.

The compounds or mixtures according to the invention can also be used for the preparation of composition useful to curatively or preventively treat human or animal fungal diseases such as, for example, mycoses, dermatoses, trichophyton diseases and candidiases or diseases caused by Aspergillus spp., for example Aspergillus fumigatus.

The various aspects of the invention will now be illustrated with reference to the following table of compound examples and the following preparation or efficacy examples.

The table 1 illustrates in a non-limiting manner examples of compounds of formula (I) according to the invention.

In the table 1 , cPr means cyclopropyl, cBu means cyclobutyl, and cPent means cyclopentyl. In the table 1 , M+H (Apcl+) means the molecular ion peak plus 1 a.m.u. (atomic mass unit) as observed in mass spectroscopy via positive atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation. O

In the table 1 , the logP values were determined in accordance with EEC Directive 79/831 Annex V.A8 by HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) on a reversed-phase column (C 18), using the method described below :

Temperature: 4O 0 C ; Mobile phases : 0.1 % aqueous formic acid and acetonitrile ; linear gradient from 10% acetonitrile to 90% acetonitrile.

Calibration was carried out using unbranched alkan-2-ones (comprising 3 to 16 carbon atoms) with known logP values (determination of the logP values by the retention times using linear interpolation between two successive alkanones).

The lambda max values were determined in the maxima of the chromatographic signals using the UV spectra from 190nm to 400nm.

Table 1 : Preparation example 1 : preparation of N-[2-(biphenyl-4-yloxy)ethyl]-N-cyclopropyl-5-fluoro-1 ,3- dinnethyl-1 H-pyrazole-4-carboxannide (compound 29)

Step 1 : preparation of N-[2-(biphenyl-4-yloxy)ethyl]cyclopropanamine To a mixture of 5.15 g (90.2 mmol) of cyclopropylamine and 2.5 ml (18.04 mmol) of thiethylamine in 50 ml of tetrahydrofurane is added 5 g (18.04 mmol) of 4-(2-bromoethoxy)biphenyl. The reaction mixture is heated at 5O 0 C for 5 hrs. The solvent and the excess of cyclopropylamine are then removed under vacuum and the residue is dissolved in ethyl acetate. The organic solution is acidified to pH = 4 by adding a 1 N solution of HCI. The abundant obtained white precipate is filtered, washed by water and diisopropyl ether and dried under vacuum to yield 4.4 g (96% yield) of N-[2-(biphenyl-4- yloxy)ethyl]cyclo-propanamine as its hydrochloride salt, mp (melting point) = 252 0 C.

Step 2 : preparation of N-[2-(biphenyl-4-yloxy)ethyl]-N-cyclopropyl-5-fluoro-1 ,3-dimethyl-1 H-pyrazole- 4-carboxamide At ambient temperature, a solution of 230 mg (1.29 mmol) of 5-fluoro-1 ,3-dimethyl-1 H-pyrazole-4- carbonyl chloride in 1 ml of tetrahydrofurane is added dropwise to a mixture of 300 mg (1.18 mmol) of N-[2-(biphenyl-4-yloxy)ethyl]cyclopropanamine as its hydrochloride salt and 250 mg (2.48 mmol) of triethylamine in 5 ml of tetrahydrofurane. The reaction mixture is stirred for 2 hrs at 8O 0 C. The solvent is removed under vacuum and 10 ml of water are then added to the residue. The watery layer is extracted twice with ethyl acetate (2 x 25 ml) and the combined organic layers are successively washed by a 1 N solution of HCI, a saturated solution of potassium carbonate and brine and dried of magnesium sulfate to gave after concentration 750 mg of a yellow oil. Column chromatography (gradient heptane/ethyl acetate) yielded 220 mg (47% yield) of N-[2-(biphenyl-4-yloxy)ethyl]-N- cyclopropyl-δ-fluoro-I .S-dimethyl-I H-pyrazole^-carboxamide as a colourless oil (M+H = 394).

Preparation example 2 : preparation of N-cyclopropyl-3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-N-{1- [methyl(phenyl)amino]propan-2-yl}-1 H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide (compound 26)

Step 1 : preparation of N 2 -cyclopropyl-N 1 -methyl-N 1 -phenylpropane-1 ,2-diamine To a cooled solution of 2.52 g (44 mmol) of cyclopropylamine and 3.3 g (55 mmol) of acetic acid, together with 10 g of 3A molecular sieves, in 100 ml of methanol, are added 3.6 g (22 mmol) of 1- [methyl(phenyl)amino]propan-2-one. The reaction mixture is stirred for 2.5 hrs at reflux. The reaction mixture is then cooled to O 0 C and 2.07 g (33 mmol) of sodium cyanoborohydride are slowly added and the reaction mixture is further stirred for 2 hrs at reflux. The cooled reaction mixture is then filtered over a cake of diatomaceous earth. The cake is washed twice by 80 ml of methanol and the combined methanolic extracts are concentrated under vacuum. 100 ml of water are then added to the residue and the pH is ajusted to 10 with a 0.5 N solution of sodium hydroxyde. The watery layer is extracted three times with ethyl acetate (3 x 50 ml). The combined organic layers are washed twice by brine and are filtered over a phase separator filter to yield after concentration 9.2 g of a yellow oil. Column chromatography (gradient heptane/ethyl acetate) yielded 2.5 g (50% yield) of N 2 -cyclopropyl-N 1 - methyl-N 1 -phenylpropane-1 ,2-diamine as a brown oil (M+H = 205).

Step 2 : preparation of N-cyclopropyl-3-(difluoromethyl)-1-nnethyl-N-{1-[methyl(phen yl)-annino]propan- 2-yl}-1 H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide

At ambient temperature, a solution of 220 mg (1.13 mmol) of 3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-1 H-pyrazole- 4-carbonyl chloride in 1 ml of tetrahydrofurane is added dropwise to a solution of 210 mg (1.03 mmol) of N 2 -cyclopropyl-N 1 -methyl-N 1 -phenylpropane-1 ,2-diamine and 0.16 ml (1.13 mmol) of triethylamine in 5 ml of tetrahydrofurane. The reaction mixture is stirred for 15 hrs at room temperature. The solvent is removed under vacuum and 100 ml of water are then added to the residue. The watery layer is extracted twice with ethyl acetate (2 x 150 ml) and the combined organic layers are successively washed by a 1 N solution of HCI, a saturated solution of potassium carbonate and brine and filtered over a ChemElut cartridge to yield after concentration 180 mg of a brown oil. Column chromatography (gradient heptane/ethyl acetate) yielded 150 mg (38% yield) of N-cyclopropyl-3-(difluoromethyl)-1- methyl-N-{1-[methyl(phenyl)-amino]propan-2-yl}-1 H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide as a yellow oil (M+H = 363).

General preparation : thionation of an amide derivative of formula (I) on Chemspeed™ apparatus

In a 13 ml Chemspeed™ vial is weighted 0.27 mmole of phosphorous pentasulfide (P 2 S 5 ). 3 ml of a 0.18 molar solution of the amide (I) (0.54 mmole) in dioxane is added and the mixture is heated at reflux for two hours. The temperature is then cooled to 8O 0 C and 2.5 ml of water are added. The mixture is heated at 8O 0 C for one more hour. 2 ml of water are then added and the reaction mixture is extracted twice by 4 ml of dichloromethane. The organic phase is deposited on a basic alumina cardridge (2g) and eluted twice by 8 ml of dichloromethane. The solvents are removed and the crude thioamide is analyzed by LCMS and NMR. Insufficiently pure compounds are further purified by preparative LCMS.

Example A : Alternaria test (tomato) / preventive Solvent: 49 parts by weight of N, N - Dimethylformamide

Emulsifier: 1 part by weight of Alkylarylpolyglycolether

To produce a suitable preparation of active compound, 1 part by weight of active compound is mixed with the stated amounts of solvent and emulsifier, and the concentrate is diluted with water to the desired concentration.

To test for preventive activity, young plants are sprayed with the preparation of active compound at the stated rate of application. One day after this treatment, the plants are inoculated with an aqueous spore suspension of Alternaria solani. The plants remain for one day in an incubation cabinet at approximately 22 0 C and a relative atmospheric humidity of 100%. Then the plants are placed in an incubation cabinet at approximately 2O 0 C and a relative atmospheric humidity of 96%. The test is evaluated 7 days after the inoculation. 0% means an efficacy which corresponds to that of the control while an efficacy of 100% means that no disease is observed.

In this test the following compounds according to the invention showed efficacy of 70% or even higher at a concentration of 500ppm of active ingredient : 1 , 6, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 31 , 35, 39, 40, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50 and 51.

Example B : Pyrenophora test (barley) / preventive Solvent: 49 parts by weight of N, N - Dimethylformamide Emulsifier: 1 part by weight of Alkylarylpolyglycolether

To produce a suitable preparation of active compound, 1 part by weight of active compound is mixed with the stated amounts of solvent and emulsifier, and the concentrate is diluted with water to the desired concentration. To test for preventive activity, young plants are sprayed with the preparation of active compound at the stated rate of application. One day after this treatment, the plants are inoculated with an aqueous spore suspension of Pyrenophora teres. The plants remain for 48 hours in an incubation cabinet at 22 0 C and a relative atmospheric humidity of 100%. Then the plants are placed in a greenhouse at a temperature of approximately 2O 0 C and a relative atmospheric humidity of approximately 80%. The test is evaluated 7-9 days after the inoculation. 0% means an efficacy which corresponds to that of the control while an efficacy of 100% means that no disease is observed.

In this test the following compounds according to the invention showed efficacy of 70% or even higher at a concentration of 500ppm of active ingredient : 1 , 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 23, 31 , 32, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41 , 42, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51 and 52

Example C : In vivo test on Mvcosphaerella qraminicola (Wheat Leaf Spot)

The active ingredients tested are prepared by homogenization in a mixture of acetone/tween/DMSO, then diluted with water to obtain the desired active material concentration.

Wheat plants (Scipion variety), sown on a 50/50 peat soil-pozzolana substrate in starter cups and grown at 12 0 C, are treated at the 1-leaf stage (10 cm tall) by spraying with the aqueous suspension described above. Plants, used as controls, are treated with an aqueous solution not containing the active material. After 24 hours, the plants are contaminated by spraying them with an aqueous suspension of cryopreserved Mycosphaerella graminicola spores (500.000 spores per ml). The contaminated wheat plants are incubated for 72 hours at 18 0 C and at 100% relative humidity, and then for 21 to 28 days at 90% relative humidity. Grading (% of efficacy) is carried out 21 to 28 days after the contamination, in comparison with the control plants. Under these conditions, good (at least 70%) or total protection is observed at a dose of 500ppm with the following compounds : 6, 17, 21 , 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 36 and 53.