SePRO Corporation and Isagro S.p.A. have announced an agreement under which SePRO will market the Isagro Trichoderma based biofungicide to agricultural crop markets across the United States.
Bio-Tam® 2.0 is part of the next generation of biofungicides with a proven combination of two species of beneficial Trichoderma fungi. Bio-Tam 2.0, formulated as a wettable powder, is used in the management of soilborne diseases including the following: Fusarium spp., Phytophthora spp., Pythium spp., Rhizoctonia spp., Sclerotinia spp., Sclerotium rolfsii, Thielaviopsis basicola, and Verticillium spp., as well as Armillaria spp. and Rosellinia spp.
Bio-Tam 2.0 is currently labeled for use on numerous row crops, vegetables including brassicas, cucurbits, fruiting and leafy vegetables, and a host of berry and tree crops. It is an effective tool to reduce the stress of disease infections associated with many soil-borne pathogens. Bio-Tam 2.0 aggressively colonizes the crop roots and surrounding soil. It acts as a protectant, forming a barrier that is antagonistic to disease infection. Bio-Tam 2.0 also attacks the pathogen cell walls with enzymes that actively inhibit disease infection.
SePRO currently markets the same Trichoderma based biofungicide into the Turf, Ornamental and Greenhouse markets under the Obtego® brand. “We are extremely excited about bringing this technology into the Specialty Agriculture market,” says Sam Barrick, Vice President of Marketing for SePRO. “Our customers are seeing outstanding results in Ornamental applications, and you can feel the momentum building behind Obtego. We intend to utilize our experiences there to springboard into other arenas. Granted the markets are distinctly different, but the performance of this technology is some of the best in the industry and translates well across all segments”.
In addition to its below-ground activity, Bio-Tam 2.0 has demonstrated activity against the Esca complex of grapevine wood diseases, particularly Phaeomoniella spp. By colonizing the pruning wounds, Bio-Tam 2.0 forms a shield that prevents pathogenic fungi from spreading within the plant following pruning. “We see Bio-Tam 2.0 becoming a valuable tool for vineyards up and down the west coast,” says Dave Owens, Business Development Leader for SePRO. “This will be SePRO’s first entry into Specialty Agriculture markets, with several more products to quickly follow in the next few years. Growers will certainly hear more from SePRO in the coming months.”
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