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Replacing methyl bromide

posted on June 16, 2000


FROM METHYL TO MYRO ... FOR THE TOMATO.

SCIENTISTS LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO METHYL BROMIDE FOR CONTROLLING WEEDS IN TOMATOES SAY THEY'VE FOUND A NEW BIO-HERBICIDE THAT SHOW SOME PROMISE.

THE BIO-HERBICIDE, MYROTHECIUM VERRUCANIA, COMES FROM THE SICKLEPOD PLANT, WHICH IS FOUND PRIMARILY IN THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S.TOMATOES TREATED WITH MYROTHECIUM PROSPERED WITH NO SIGN OF WEEDS AFTER 14 DAYS.

SCIENTISTS ARE SEARCHING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO METHYL BROMIDE, BLAMED FOR DEPLETING THE OZONE AND SCHEDULED TO BE BANNED IN 2005. TOMATO CROPS ACCOUNT FOR 23 PERCENT OF METHYL BROMIDE USE.


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