New strawberry fungicide to set new standard for powdery mildew and Botrytis management

Bayer has launched a new fungicide, Luna Sensation, for protected strawberries following successful trials.

Image: Angela Berrie
Image: Angela Berrie

Luna Sensation is a co-formulation of new generation SDHI active fluopyram and strobilurin fungicide trifloxystrobin. 

Introducing the product to soft fruit agronomists at NIAB EMR, Bayer product manager Tim Lacey said it would set the new standard for powdery mildew and Botrytis management.

"It’s a very flexible product for integrated disease control programmes, has built-in resistance management and just a one-day pre-harvest interval," he said.

Trails under the SCEPTRE project at NIAB EMR in 2012-14 "showed Luna Sensation gave excellent control of Botrytis fruit rot and powdery mildew comparable to or better than the standard product", according to research leader Dr Angela Berrie, who added: "It also reduced the incidence of Mucor/Rhizopus rot."



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