AgraQuest, Inc., has announced that Rhapsody(R) biopesticide is now available for organic growers. Rhapsody controls fungal and bacterial diseases of ornamental crops, including annual and perennial flowering plants, tropical foliage, and trees and shrubs. Rhapsody is now approved for use in organic production by OMRI and the National Organic program.

Rhapsody is the only product to provide effective control of a wide array of both bacterial and fungal pathogens, while providing unsurpassed plant, human and environmental safety. It is the only biological bactericide/fungicide that is an effective alternative to coppers for bacterial diseases, such as Erwinia and Xanthomonas and to synthetic chemicals for fungal pathogens such as powdery mildews and Botrytis gray mold. With the lowest re-entry interval of any product (4 hours), Rhapsody provides growers flexibility and labor costs savings.

Rhapsody is based on a naturally occurring patented strain of Bacillus subtilis discovered and developed by AgraQuest's scientists. Equipped with a suite of naturally occurring antifungal and antibacterial lipopeptide compounds, Rhapsody utilizes multiple modes of action, which make it difficult for pathogens to develop resistance. Therefore, it is a powerful tool when used in a program with chemical fungicides that are weakened by resistance development.

Source: PRNewswire