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Beneficial Bacteria another tool in the tool box
A recent visit to New Zealand by major coir supplier Martin Vadakekuttu – promotes companies new beneficial product.
Recently Martin Vadakekuttu, Managing Director of Ecomix, came to New Zealand, I spent the day with him visiting customers. Ecomix, based in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the leading distributors of coir substrates in Australia, and six years ago they started supplying the New Zealand substrate market.
Lately Ecomix have diversified from substrates and now supply beneficial products, Martin’s understanding of the issues facing growers, in both Australia and New Zealand, prompted the decision to compliment the coir substrates with these products. Ecomix is part of the international company Prodoz International , via Prodoz International the biological products are supplied from the Seawin Biotech range.
In New Zealand there is currently a trial underway of the Synergy beneficial bacteria, Bacillus subtilis. Bacillus subtilis is not new to New Zealand but the high concentration, of the product, allows it to establish quickly.
In New Zealand Pythium, Fusarium and even Rhizoctonia are issues that cause huge crop casualties. The use of chemicals is becoming less effective, and, in some cases, many products commonly used in the past are now not permitted.
The Synergy product is another biological tool to be added to the toolbox, to combat losses from Pythium and Fusarium. It is still incumbent for growers to follow extremely good hygiene practices and to make sure the raw water sources are treated and that during crop rotations through clean ups are completed of all the internal pipe work.
Currently week two of a trial in New Zealand with a new planting. Roots are developing well with no visible signs of staining. This planting has only been treated so far with Synergy. Before planting an internal clean of the irrigation pipe work was completed with other products.
Synergy contains a high concentration (10 billion-15billion cfu/g) of the beneficial bacteria, Bacillus subtilis, which can colonise the root zone, creates a healthy root zone environment and improves soil structures.
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