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Stinky Fungus As Environmentally Friendly Fumigant

posted on March 22, 2002

It stinks! But we could learn to love it.

Researchers at Montana State University say a stinky fungus from Honduras may provide farmers with an environmentally friendly soil fumigant.

The fungus, called Muscodor albus, emits a number of gases that kill or slow pathogens harmful to certain crops.

The musty-smelling fungus could be an alternative to methyl bromide, a fumigant known to damage the ozone.

Primarily used by thousands of California and Florida farmers, on crops including strawberries …

a federal law requires methyl bromide be phased out by the year 2005, except for limited purposes.


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