Companion Liquid Biological Fungicide recently received registration in California for turfgrass and landscape use. Manufactured by Growth Products, Companion® effectively prevents, controls and suppresses a broad range of root and foliar diseases including Anthracnose, Brown Patch, Dollar Spot, Summer Patch, Fusarium Patch, Pythium and Phytophthora.
Companion® was the first-ever EPA approved biofungicide, and it is routinely used on some of the world’s top-flight golf courses, sports fields, and private estates. Companion® contains the powerful but environmentally friendly GB03 strain of Bacillus subtilis, which prevents and controls plant diseases through multiple modes of action. GB03 produces a broad-spectrum antibiotic that disrupts pathogen cell-wall formation, and it stimulates a plant’s natural immune system. A competitive and fast colonizing rhizobacterium, GB03 also crowds out pathogens to prevent their growth and antagonistic effects.
Because Companion® is not a chemical fungicide but rather a biological fungicide, pathogens do not develop disease resistance. This makes Companion® an ideal component of a disease management program. Companion® can be used in rotation with chemical fungicides or can be tank-mixed with smaller amounts of chemical fungicides for improved efficacy, and thus can reduce potentially harmful chemical applications and lower a total chemical costs.
About Growth Products, Ltd.:
Growth Products, Ltd., founded in 1984, is an industry leader in providing technologically advanced and environmentally friendly fertilizers, biological fungicides, natural organics, and chelated micronutrients. Its innovative products have been extensively tested and are used in 27 countries world-wide.