Biobest announces Asperello has gained approval in Denmark for preventative use against Fusarium, Pythium, and Didymella in a wide range of protected ornamental and vegetable crops and in Morocco - against Pythium in pepper and tomato crops.
“This breakthrough biofungicide contains the unique, naturally occurring, beneficial fungus Trichoderma asperellum T34,” explains Dr. Cindy Callens, Biobest Product Manager for biopesticides.
Multiple modes of action
“Benefiting from multiple modes of action, it colonizes plant roots to form a protective barrier against important soilborne fungal pathogens to support healthy root growth. It also triggers plants’ natural defense mechanisms while parasitizing and actively killing pathogens. As a result, Asperello offers outstanding biological protection against soilborne diseases, including Fusarium and Pythium.”
Already widely adopted by Biobest customers in parts of Europe, the USA, and Canada, growers, have enjoyed excellent results using Asperello against major soilborne diseases for several years.
Outperforms other controls
“In trials, it has outperformed other biological products and continues to work well even at high soil temperatures,” says Cindy. “As such, it is becoming an indispensable preventative tool to be systematically integrated into IPM programs by propagators, plant raisers, and growers.”
Start applications early “With a strong preventative action, it is important to start Asperello applications as early as possible in the cultivation. The first application is the most important as it gives the beneficial fungal spores time to colonize the roots and grow with them.”
In Denmark, Asperello has gained approval for use against Pythium and Fusarium in ornamental, bulb, and cut flower crops as well as greenhouse vegetable, salad, and berry crops - cucumber, squash, melon, courgette, lettuce, leafy vegetables, herb, berries, and seed production. It also has label approval for use against Pythium in tomatoes and peppers and Didymella in cucumber crops.
In Morocco, while Asperello has initially gained approval for use against Pythium in tomato and pepper crops, Biobetter has recently submitted an extension for its use against Phytophthora in strawberries and is awaiting the outcome.