Feb. 23, 2017
AGPW Group has announced that it completed its greenhouse study with tremendous results.
The study began in the spring of 2016 and focused on testing three organisms, one Gram positive bacteria, one Gram negative bacteria, and one fungus tested against Pythium ultimum, a broad spectrum plant pathogen that is very economically important in both agriculture and T&O. These three test organisms were grown, formulated, and applied using the LiveGrow™ platform and compared to the best chemical fungicide mix currently available on the market.
Upon completion of the study in January of 2017, AGPW was extremely satisfied with the results. In all tests, microorganisms developed though the LiveGrow™ platform were not only highly effective against Pythium, but in many cases they performed better than the leading chemical treatment. The organisms used were not special strains designed for LiveGrow™, but were publicly available strains stated to be effective against a broad range of soil fungal pathogens. This further confirmed AGPW's theory, that any organism that is developed through LiveGrow™ platform is, by maintaining it active from production to application, fully prepared to quickly perform against intended pathogens.
In addition to efficacy, AGPW was also able to achieve several results that are of critical importance to the commercial sector. Formulations used in the tests consistently reached live cells or spore concentrations between 1E+9 – 1E+11 CFU/g, which is significantly greater than claimed by leading commercial biological products. This capability of LiveGrow™ will allow application of less product while still delivering highly effective results in the field. Throughout this study, microorganisms were also grown on different sizes and types of biodegradable man-made particles which will allow for different types of application from golf course greens to corn fields.
"What this study essentially shows is that LiveGrow™ is not only capable of better results than chemical solutions, which is a huge accomplishment on its own, but with its application flexibility and high concentration of active organisms it will be able to deliver a broad spectrum of biological products at a low cost and high effectiveness never before possible for any biological product to date. LiveGrow™ platform will finally allow microbiological products to fully realize their potential as pesticides and biostimulants and become the main solution in the crop protection industry,” said AGPW Group's president.
AGPW began field trials in September, 2016 and is currently evaluating biopesticides on multiple diseases and crops throughout United States and Canada.