Fungicidal cream for plants
RESEARCHERS at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation claim milk is an ideal organic fungicide for protecting cucumbers and other vegetables.
Cucumbers and courgettes are vulnerable to a powdery white mildew called Sphaerotheca fuliginea which causes leaves to wither.
Until now this could only be controlled by chemical fungicides.
The researchers discovered that milk was a successful treatment for the condition.
They found that spraying plants with a mixture of one part cows milk to nine parts of water was just as good as applying a chemical fungicide, according to a report in New Scientist.
- Limit fungicides on organic farms – Lords, FWi, 29 July 1999
- The Daily Telegraph 14/10/99 page 10