Research highlights benefits for turf health

A better understanding of turf disease pathogens and how they attack plants will enable turf managers to improve selection and timing of control options, according to Syngenta turf technical manager Marcela Munoz.

Munoz: turf technical manager - image: Syngenta
Munoz: turf technical manager - image: Syngenta

Speaking at BTME, Munoz highlighted the mantra of "right time, right treatment, right place" as paramount in preventing disease development, and ultimately protecting turf quality.

"New Syngenta research has revealed the detailed mechanism for leaf infection," she said. "It has defined the fungicide strategies required to protect the leaf surface or to tackle infection early and prevent damage."

High-powered electron microscopy has pinpointed spore germination of microdochium patch (Fusarium) on the leaf surface and the process of mycelia ingress through stomata. "It has confirmed the crucial importance of having effective fungicide protection on the leaf surface," said Munoz.

"Application technique and product formulation are also key elements of fine-tuning fungicide strategies to protect turf health."

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