The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved expansion of the label for BASF's Pristine(R) fungicide to include pome fruits and hops.

Pristine now can be applied on hops, apples and pears, as well as crabapples, loquats, Oriental pears and quince.

"Pristine has quickly become the standard for superior and consistent disease control in grapes, stone fruit, tree nuts and other crops for which it is registered," said Nader Mahmoud, fungicide marketing manager for BASF, maker of Pristine and the world's largest fungicide marketer. "Apple and pear growers now can enjoy the same outstanding performance against a broad spectrum of diseases, including summer and storage diseases."

Pristine controls many of the most destructive diseases that attack pome fruit, including Alternaria blotch, apple scab, bitter rot, black rot, Brooks spot, flyspeck, pear scab, powdery mildew, sooty blotch and white rot. It also suppresses cedar apple rust and quince rust.

Source: Company Release