11 August 1995

Bio-spud to launch

BIOLOGICAL control of seed- and soil-borne diseases in potatoes is developing fast.

"We are launching the first such product in the world which truly does the job of protecting daughter tubers," explains Uniroyals Michael Puttock.

Although the initial launch is into equatorial countries which suit the chosen biological control agent, Uniroyals biological control division, Gustafson, is working on temperate strains too. "It is vital to match the agent to the right conditions. You cant take something from a hot climate and use it here," comments Mr Puttock. &#42