14 October 1999
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.