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Zivion Registration Producer Requests (Strawberry Transplant Dips for Anthracnose Control)

I am trying to get a company (DSM) to register Zivion (Natamycin a.i.) as a transplant dip for strawberries. It would be active against anthracnose and possibly Botrytis that would come in on the transplants. With the resistance we are seeing to multiple fungicides, we need to reduce disease from the beginning where possible, and this would give us another option. There is good research information to support the registration, but the company wants to know that Georgia strawberry producers are interested in the product. I have honestly never had to ask producers to contact a company to ask for a product, but that seems to be the process on the registration of this product for Georgia. Please see the contact below and give a call or send an e-mail to Ronda Smith. I think it would be beneficial to have this product in our tool box. It is comparable to Switch for this purpose, but I know nothing about the price differential. This product is being used regularly now in the major strawberry states.

Ronda Smith | Account Manager, Beverage and More | DSM Food Specialties, USA | 3502 N Olive Road | South Bend, Indiana 46637-8407 | United States | M (435) 757-9468 |

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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.