Agriguard Biological Fungicide
Agriguard biological fungicide is a 100% organic bio-fungicide containing Trichoderma harzianum 1.00% W.P.
- T. harzianum is an antagonistic fungus for the control of blight, root rot, damping-off, seed rot, crown rot, black spot, pod rot, smut, and neck blast.
- The amazing importance of this product comes from the fact that its active ingredient (Trichoderma) is from a 100% natural source.
More about Trichoderma
- Trichoderma is a genus of fungi that are present in all soils, where they are the most prevalent culturable fungi. They are also the most successful bio-fungicides used in today’s agriculture.
- These green-colored fungi are well known for their antifungal and plant growth-stimulating effects.
- Trichoderma harzianum (strain T-22) is a hybrid strain developed to enhance certain characteristics of its parent strains. These enhancements in disease resistance, environmental tolerance, and crop compatibility made T. harzianum one of the first bio-fungicides on the market.
- It has proven to be useful in controlling common soil-borne diseases like Fusarium, Pythium, and Rhizoctonia on a wide range of crops including corn, soybeans, potatoes, tomatoes, and cotton.
Agriguard Biological Fungicide: How does it work?
T. harzianum utilizes several methods to suppress fungal diseases.
- First, it forms a physical bond with the root system of the plants, establishing itself in the rhizosphere (root zone). This prevents other pathogens from colonizing the soil. This bond and continual growth of the T. harzianum throughout the root system form a physical barrier to plant pathogens.
- The organism also feeds on excess nutrient content left unused by the root system, which would have provided a food source for incoming pathogens. Keeping that in mind, T. harzianum does not interfere with mycorrhizae activity or Rhizobium (a common nitrogen-fixer).
- Furthermore, T. harzianum releases chitinases (specific enzymes that denature chitin) to break down the cell wall of fungal pathogens in the soil. The holes in the cell wall created by the enzymes turn the pathogenic fungi into prey for other soil microorganisms.
- The combination of these methods allows T. harzianum to displace other organisms from the soil and the root system to develop additional biomass useful in increasing plant yields.
- Agriguard should be applied in a sufficient volume of water to obtain thorough coverage.
- During rainy periods, systemic fungicides perform better since they are less susceptible to wash-off by rain.
- Apply systemic fungicides under humid, cloudy conditions when the soil is moist.
- Tank-mixing some fungicides can inactivate one or both.
- Over-applying will damage the plants and possibly kill them.