DOWNYCARE® is a biological fungicide based on a selected strain of naturally-occurring beneficial fungus Fusarium proliferatum ( NCIM 1101 ) that protects crops from Downy Mildew caused by several pathogenic species of Basidiophora, Bremia, Peronospora, Phytophthora, Plasmopara, Pseudoperonospora, and Sclerospora.
It is used as an effective foliar spray to combat Downy Mildew through its antagonism to the pathogenic disease causing fungi.
DOWNYCARE® contains spores and mycelial fragments of Fusarium proliferatum. It is formulated as Wettable Powder with CFU count of 1 X 10 ^ 8 / g. DOWNYCARE® is approved for use in Organic Agriculture.
Mode of Action
Substrate Competition for space and Nutrients : Fusarium proliferatum competes with the pathogens by colonizing a large area of the affected leaf zone and competes for the plant substrates and nutrients thereby causing the pathogens to starve - Domino effect.
Mycoparasitism : Fusarium proliferatum penetrates the pathogen and infects it and derives nutrition from the target pathogenic fungus protoplasm and DOWNYCARE® spores multiply inside target pathogenic fungus body and eventually kill the mildew colony.
Enzyme production : Fusarium proliferatum produces certain enzymes which dissolve the host cell wall and penetrate and inactivate the host defense mechanism.
Method of Application
Foliar Application : Mix 5 g. DOWNYCARE® in 1 L of water and spray
Spray volume depends on the crop canopy.
Downy Mildew disease.
DOWNYCARE ® is suitable for application on grapes, roses, cucurbits, melons, chilly and vegetables and other crops where downy mildew is observed.
DOWNYCARE® is stable for a period of 12 months from the date of manufacturing.