The biofungicide Asperello T34 Biocontrol® is gaining traction preventing fusarium wilt in propagation programmes for greenhouse-grown annuals according to Erik van der Sluys, IPM Specialist at Beneficial Insectary, part of Biobest Group.
With multiple modes of action, Asperello protects crops against a range of key soilborne diseases - including Fusarium. Containing Trichoderma asperellum strain T34, it outperforms many conventional/biological fungicides.
“With a high spore count, Asperello offers fast protection - rapidly colonizing the root zone forming a barrier against pathogens,” explains Erik. “Through multiple modes of action, Asperello is able to outcompete pathogens, forming a relationship with the plant promoting healthy roots and plant growth.”
Devastating disease of annuals
Fusarium is a potentially devastating disease for young plants. If mismanaged, this widespread soil-borne pathogen can quickly cause massive plant losses in the production of annuals.
“Incorporating Asperello in the substrate provides peace of mind for growers, allowing them to focus on other areas of plant health,” says Erik.
“While being competitively priced, it also offers practical advantages, including greater application flexibility. With constant agitation, Asperello suspends easily in water and can be efficiently applied using a boom system. In contrast, other Trichoderma products are less soluble and therefore generally applied with a hydraulic sprayer - to avoid blocking boom lines.
“Most nurseries need to store an assortments of pest control products in their storage refrigerator - making space a premium. With significantly smaller packaging than other Trichoderma products, Asperello takes up less space.
Summing up Erik says; “All in all, it offers superior performance along with a number of practical and labour-saving benefits.”
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