Strawberry fields…in need of a new pesticide

Strawberry fields might not stay forever if an alternative to the banned pesticide methyl bromide will not be developed soon.

According to the info service, Spanish researchers at the Instituto Tecnologico Agrario de Castilla y Leon have been looking for an effective and safe alternative for three years and still has no luck in replacing methyl bromide.

“It is necessary to continue evaluation of alternative fumigants for strawberry nurseries to focus on commercial field-scale demonstrations. Moreover, European Union regulatory restrictions may require the use of non-chemical alternatives in the near future. The need for evaluations of chemical and non-chemical soil disinfestation methods is urgent.”

Searching for alternatives will continue to be a big growing pain especially with tightening regulations and more retailers phasing out certain chemicals that consumer watchdogs consider as toxic.

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