Verdesian debuts cereal toxin suppressant in US
The US crop protection and nutrition company, Verdesian Life Sciences (Cary, North Carolina), has introduced the phosphite-based fungicide, Fungi-Phite Cereals, for the suppression of deoxynivalenol (DON) toxins in wheat and barley infected with Fusarium head blight (FHB - Fusarium graminearum). It is recommended for use in combination with triazole fungicides, which are effective in suppressing FHB but have little or no direct effect on DON, Verdesian notes. Fungi-Phite Cereals has no effect on FHB but can suppress the expression of DON by FHB, the company adds. Third-party trials have shown that the product reduced DON in harvested grain by 78% or less than 1 ppm. "This type of reduction in DON would allow the grower to maximise his ROI [return on investment] by selling his grain at food-grade premium versus at a lesser livestock value," says Verdesian's vice-president of marketing and technical development, Ryan Bond.