Novel Phosphate Fungicide Takes Aim at Plant Foes
Belchim Crop Protection USA has announced that its new phosphate fungicide (ReLoad) has received approval for EPA registration and is now available for state registration across the U.S. ReLoad is a 53.6% Mono- and dibasic sodium, potassium, and ammonium phosphite blend that works best in controlling downy mildew, and also offers a preventative disease control option against Pythium blight (Pythium aphanidermatum) and Anthracnose (Colletotrichum cereal).
ReLoad is approved for a wide variety of specialty crops including, but not limited to, asparagus, curcubits, grapes, hops, leafy vegetables, legume vegetables, tuberous and corm vegetables – as well as indoor and outdoor ornamentals and turf.
“Growers have experienced significant marketable yield improvement when using this product,” stated Tom Wood, General Manager of Belchim USA, in a prepared news release.
According to Belchim, the highly concentrated formula works through a dual mode of action, both preventing oxidative phosphorylation – the metabolic pathway through which cells use enzymes to oxidize nutrients – and stimulating a plant’s natural defense against pathogen attack.
Currently, the following states have approved registration for ReLoad: Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin, with more expected in the near future.