Fusarium control in annuals with ASPERELLO® T34 Biocontrol® delivers multiple benefits
The biofungicide ASPERELLO® T34 Biocontrol® is gaining traction preventing fusarium wilt in propagation programmes for greenhouse-grown annuals – says 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.”