Dump that damping-off diseases
Best agricultural produce are often derived from good production inputs which include high quality and disease free planting materials.
But the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides to minimize disease infestation especially during seed germination stage remains to be a formidable challenge for our local farmers today. To address this long-standing problem, a study on the use of Trichoderma as a control agent of damping-off disease in vegetable was conducted by a research group headed by Dr. Virginia C. Cuevas at UP Los Banos. The project, which wa supported by the Bureau of Agricultrual Research (BAR), determined the efficacy of Tricoderma as a biological control agent against the pre emergent and post-emergent damping off diseases in lowland vegetables. The damping off diseases, usually caused by fungal pathogens under moist or damp conditions are fatal to seedlings.