Jul 24, 2012
California registers Double Nickel

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has issued a certificate of registration allowing state farmers the use of Double Nickel 55 fungicide. A product from Certis USA, Double Nickel is a new generation of bacterial biofungicide based on Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747. EPA registered it for use in December. Another formulation, Double Nickel LC, is expected to be approved for use in California in the near future. Available for conventional as well as organic production, Double Nickel is NOP approved and OMRI Listed, according to Certis USA.

Double Nickel is used to control powdery mildew, botrytis and bacterial diseases of fruiting and leafy vegetables, grapes, strawberries and tree fruit. It protects plant surfaces above the ground as well as below. Double Nickel is highly potent compared to other bacterial-based biofungicides, which allows growers to use lower and more economical application rates. Its formulation resists foaming and leaves no visible spray residue on the foliage or fruit, according to Certis.

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