Growers in California and Florida now have an effective fungicide with a new mode of action for disease management in almonds, grapes, strawberries and tomatoes. Recently registered for use in California and Florida, Fracture fungicide from FMC is a new broad spectrum, biological fungicide, which is labeled for the prevention and control of powdery mildew, botrytis and brown rot blossom blight.

“Fracture is an excellent resistance management tool," said David Davies, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America segment manager. "By offering an entirely new mode of action that complements synthetic fungicides, Fracture expands growers' options and will help extend the lifespan of other chemistries." Fracture should be used as part of a complete spray program for disease control and resistance management.

Fracture fungicide includes a completely new mode of action for disease management, providing decisive, multisite control in a way no other fungicide can claim. The novel, patented active ingredient coats the fungal cell wall, deforms the chitin structure and ruptures the cell wall, assuring cell destruction. Within eight hours, the fungal cell is dead.

The active ingredient, Banda de Lupinus albus doce (BLAD), is so new that it is not yet classified by the current FRAC group codes. BLAD is a naturally occurring seed storage protein derived from the sweet lupine plant.

“This is our first biological fungicide offering, and we expect many more solutions will come from our significant investment in biological discovery and development,” said Marc Hullebroeck, vice president and business director, FMC Agricultural Solutions. “With our purchase of the Center for Agricultural and Environmental Biosolutions and our global Alliance with Chr. Hansen, FMC has created an end-to-end biological platform that complements our traditional strengths in synthetic crop protection chemistries. We look forward to bringing a market-leading portfolio of biological solutions.”

With a one-day pre-harvest interval and a four-hour re-entry interval, Fracture can be applied up to five times per season, providing growers with a flexible management tool offering quick, reliable disease control that meets or exceeds established standards.