We have discovered a product that has effective anti-fungal activity against several economically important plant pathogens of concern to the plant, food and wine industries. In particular we have focussed on the brown rot of stone fruit. This disease affects high value stonefruits globally and is considered the number one pathogen problem that confronts stonefruit producers world wide. To date, we have shown that the product has potent activity against M. fructicola in lab based assays, and on host tissues such as peach flowers and freshly harvested cherries. We are currently validating the opportunity.
Answer some immediate questions regarding the safgety and efficacy of the potential product and determine IP position.
We would target the sprays at the pre harvest period since there are very few fungicides that can be used at that time due to the risks associated with pesticide residues. The application of an organically acceptable fungicide in the pre-harvest period would significantly lower the risk of fruit infection and subsequent fruit fungal spoilage, whilst maintaining the industries goal of nil detectable residues in export fruit and wine.
Patent and FTO analysis currently being revised in consultation with our patent attorneys
Proof of Concept - Early prototype built