Alternatively, or in addition as required, Prestop can be applied by drench via a dosatron, to provide protection against fungal root diseases, or sprayed on to plants to provide protection from foliar fungal diseases.
ICL technical manager Andrew Wilson said: "More than ever growers are under pressure to produce quality crops within a short period at a competitive price. This is becoming even more challenging with the loss of many chemical fungicides making it harder to keep plants healthy. Plant protection products like Prestop, that can be incorporated in to growing media mixes, are proving popular as they offer tangible benefits - including helping to keep labour costs down."
Prestop biofungicide contains the mycelia and spores of a aggressive naturally occurring soil fungus Gliocladium catenulatum Strain J1446. The product is able to survive in the rhizosphere, around the roots, and on foliage for several weeks, it attacks and suppresses a wide range of pathogens.
Wilson said Prestop is "safe for beneficials and compatible with many pesticides, Prestop can be incorporated in to IPM programmes. Unlike many chemical products, it does not cause plant scorch, there is no worker re entry interval and no harvest interval."
Enfield-based Clockhouse Nursery is incorporating Prestop in to its Levington Advance Solutions bespoke mixes. This year the 5ha nursery will produce more than one million patio and bedding plants, perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as fruit and vegetables to be sold through its busy plant-focused retail unit.
"We are constantly on the lookout for time and labour saving innovations," says owner David Mills. "I am delighted with the results achieved using Prestop, damping off has almost been eliminated from the nursery."