Monday, March 19, 2012

A Type of Fungus Found to be a Weed Killer

A recent study by Agriculture Canada have found a fungus that could potentially be an effective weed killer.

According to the study, the fungus attacks dandelions and other weeds, but leaves grass alone. This could be the future in weed killing as chemical pesticides had been banned in Ontario since April 22, 2009.

The fungus, which is applied to the soil in a granular form, produces a toxin in the soil. This toxin attacks clover, chickweed and ragweed. It attacks the roots directly therefore making it an effective weed killer.

Lead researcher, Karen Bailey said that the fungus, phoma macrostoma, could be on the market in two years.

Health Canada has given its approval for use in turf grass and licensed by Scott's for bringing it into the market.

Researchers are now working on increasing production of the fungus in order to get it out to the public especially in areas like the GTA and the Durham Region. Many homeowners would benefit from non-chemical weed killers for the benefit of the environment and their own health.

Homeowners who want to have healthy looking lawns in the GTA and Durham Region should consider this product. However, it is best to consult a lawncare professional first for more information.

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