In today’s seed industry, organic seed health is a two-fold responsibility, requiring both delivery of clean seed to the grower and compliance with phytosanitary regulations. Yield is a key factor when developing seed technologies; however, without clean and healthy seed, potential overall yield and harvest quality is at stake. Seed-borne diseases are a serious issue that costs the seed industry a significant amount of revenue each year. In response to today’s challenges, Germains offers a variety of organic seed health technologies that support organic growers.
ProBio® organic seed health technologies provides a range of benefits that maximize your crops potential and are compliant with phytosanitary requirements..
ProBio® Organic Seed Health technologies offer many benefits, including:
Biological control treatments give the crop protection from soil-borne root rot/fungi
May reduce the requirements to spray chemicals in the field
Maintain organic certification using Germains ProBio® health technologies
Achieve phytosanitary compliance for export
Reduce seed borne pathogens
May help reduce the spread of seed-borne pathogens to other crops and into the field
Actinovate® is a biological fungicide manufactured by Monsanto Bio Ag. that is composed of the Streptomyces lydicus WYEC strain of bacteria. Germains ProBio® Actinovate® can be used to protect against Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Phytophthora, Fusarium, Sclerotinia and other root decay fungi.
When producing baby leaf crops, bacterial leaf spot (Pseudomonas syringae pv. Aptata) infestations can result in a complete crop loss. Harvesting clean, organic, pathogen-free seed is a challenge for seed producers and growers. Short of discarding the seed or accepting a decline in harvest quality, organic producers have had few viable options to recover their crop until now: ProBio® gopure®.
ProBio® gopure® Swiss chard, coriander, and red beet
ProBio® gopure® is Germains’ new organic process to remove seed borne pathogens such as Pseudomonas syringae pv.aptata from Swiss chard and beet seeds, and Pseudomonas syringae pv.coriandricola from coriander seeds.
ProBio® gopure® technologies offer many benefits, including:
Significant reduction in Pseudomonas spp. on Swiss chard, beet and coriander seeds
Certified organic seed disinfection process that removes seed-borne diseases
May help reduce transfer of pathogenic organisms onto other crops and into the field
Discovery of ProBio® gopure®
The idea for ProBio® gopure® started with a single customer inquiry. The customer had 100,000 pounds of Swiss chard seed that was contaminated with a seed-borne bacterial disease. Rather than discard or sell the seed at a reduced cost, the customer decided to contact Germains Seed Technology for a solution. Germains’ Research and Development Team collaborated with the customer and worked in partnership to formulate an effective certified organic disinfection process known today as ProBio® gopure® .
* Please note that ProBio® gopure for Kale requires a seed count of 125,000 seeds per lb for processing.
3rd-Party Lab Results Show Significant Reduction in Seed-Borne Pathogens
ProBio® gopure® – Solution for an Industry Challenge
When producing baby leaf crops, bacterial leaf spot (Pseudomonas syringae pv. Aptata) infestations can result in a complete crop loss. Harvesting clean, organic, pathogen-free seed is a challenge for seed producers and growers. Short of discarding the seed or accepting a decline in harvest quality, organic producers have few viable options to recover their crop until now: ProBio® gopure®.
Species availability: Cilantro (Coriander), Kale, Red Beet, Swiss chard
Mycostop®, manufactured by Verdera OY, is a concentrated mixture of dried spores and mycelium ray fungus, Streptomyces griseoviridis Strain K61. Germains ProBio® Mycostop can be used to protect against soil pathogens such as Pythium, Fusarium and Phomopsis. ProBio® Mycostop has shown suppression of Botrytis grey mold and root rots such as Phytopthora and Rhizoctonia.
ProBio® SafeGuard™ is a certified organic seed treatment for spinach (Patent Pending) that focuses on early plant protection even before the plant emerges. By providing pre-emergence protection, ProBio® SafeGuard™ is a certified organic seed treatment that establishes a barrier around the emerging plant and developing the root system helping to protect spinach plants during germination until the first true leaf stage.
The early stages of any living organism are vital to its future growth and development. Germains Seed Technology developed ProBio® SafeGuard™ as a part of our health technology category.
Key Benefits of Probio® SafeGuard™
Organic protection against Pythium , which is commonly observed in the Damping Off Complex
Plant protection 0-14 days after planting
Larger seedlings with increased foliage
Protect seedling and root development
Better stand and increased yield potential
Situation for Growers
Field Population Impacted by Damping Off Complex
Organic spinach growers may experience significant crop loss due to Pythium spp. Damping off is a common problem for organic spinach growers. Soil born fungus such as Rhizoctinia, Pythium, Phytophthora, and Fusarium are all diseases that cause symptoms of “damping off”which is characterized by the rotting of plant stems below ground and in some cases in the plant stems above ground.
The only options for organic growers are to plant resistant spinach varieties and implement cultural controls. At this time there are no known spinach varieties with 100% resistance to Pythium. Pythium may cause major crop losses of 10% to 40% resulting in financial losses due to lost yield, disruptions in the supply chain, and may impact product quality.
Solution – Certified Organic Seed Treatment for Spinach
The key timeframe for Pythium damage to take place is 0 to 14 days after planting. Therefore, Germains R&D Team identified that there may be a viable seed treatment solution to protect plants upon emergence and within the first stages of growth. By providing pre-emergence protection, Germains has developed a new innovative certified organic seed technology to protect spinach from Pythium upon emergence; ProBio® SafeGuard™.
ProBio® SafeGuard™ is a multi-component ASCO certified organic seed treatment for spinach that establishes a barrier around the spinach plants emerging root system so that it may overcome root colonization by soil-borne fungi such as Pythium. ProBio® SafeGuard™ is a non-biological organic seed treatment that contains GST-1000, licensed exclusively to Germains Seed Technology has no impact on the seed quality and a minimum year shelf life.
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T-22 is a specific strain of Tricodermia formulation developed by Bioworks, Inc. T-22 is a concentrated mixture of dried spores of a specialized hybrid strain of Trichoderma harzarium Rifai Strain T-22. Germains ProBio® T-22 provides protection against plant root pathogens such as Pythium, Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, Clyindrocladium and Thielaviopsis.