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Jul. 31, 2020

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Jul. 31, 2020

First biological fungicide for rice launched in Argentina

By Leonardo Gottems, Reporter for AgroPages

The Argentine company, Rizobacter, in alliance with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), launched, this month, the fungicide, Rizoderma Arroz. 

Made from Trichoderma harzianum (Th2 RI99 strain), the fungicide is the first organic application for rice crops launched in the country. 

According to the manufacturers, the bio-input has already been evaluated during multiple trials, showing a fungal control power equal to or greater than chemical formulations.

“It is 100% biological and guarantees an effective fungicidal effect and a wide spectrum of control, providing greater persistence of treatment and minimal risk of pathogen resistance. It is a liquid product that can be directly applied on seeds within 30 days of anticipated treatment,” they added.

In addition to providing protection, Rizoderma Arroz ensures the emergence of the correct plant stand, simultaneously increases the volume of the roots and aerial parts of seedlings, and is compatible with other insecticides for seed treatment, Rizobacter noted.

Ricardo Yapur (CEO of Rizobacter) explained the details of his company’s relationship with INTA, stating, “In 2005, we started our relationship with INTA and the agreement between both organizations allowed us to work together. In 2013, we developed and launched a biofungicide. We knew we were making history by introducing the first biological biofungicide that we registered for soy in 2015, and last year for rice.”

“Around the world, consumers are asking for organic products produced with less waste, so, consequently, the market demands it. Biology has a very long way to go in terms of advancement and, if INTA supports us, we have a very good symbiosis to continue working together,” Yapur said in conclusion.

AgroPages new issue 2020 Biologicals Special available for free download.


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