By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
The Brazilian company Agrivalle announced the launch of its first microbiological fungicide and nematicide with a mixture of three organisms. Called "Shocker", it can reduce the risk of diseases which could infect crops, favoring the development of healthy roots that will better exploit the soil.
According to the product leaflet, Shocker is composed of the bacteria Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain (CPQBA 040-11DRM 01) and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain (CPQBA 040-11RRM 04). The product also has in its composition the fungus Trichoderma harzianum strain (CPQBA 040-11DRM 09).
According to Agrivalle research director Eduardo Bernardo, this composition increases the product's spectrum of action." The bacteria Bacillus amyloliquefaciens and the fungus Trichoderma harzianum reduce the potential of occurrence of diseases, as early as the first cultivation, as they inhibit and hinder the growth of pathogens," he explains.
In this context, Bernardo explains that the product has three modes of action, consisting of competition, antibiosis and hyperparasitism which, according to Bernardo, guarantee increased safety in using the application. This is because competition reduces the presence of the pathogen, antibiosis leads to the production of substances that inhibit them and hyperparasitism causes interaction between two species.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply has already issued the registration for this new microbiological defense. Shocker is recommended for the control of diseases, such as Rhizoctoniosis and White Mold, which mainly attack soy, coffee, cotton and minor crops.
"This is the first product available to the Brazilian farmer with this composition. This innovation is the result of the pioneering Agrivalle, which has invested in research and formulations of biological since 2006," noted the company's marketing director, Wagner Coladel.
Being a natural product, Shocker leaves no residue, favors the balance of microorganisms, helps in the decomposition of organic matter and benefits the nutrition of plants, as well as combating soil diseases. Coladel points out that research on the microbiological fungicide began more than 10 years ago, and that after the ministry registration process - which lasted only about eight months - Shocker will begin to be manufactured in early 2019, and available to producers by May this year.