Producer now has the first fungus-based industrial seed treatment in the country

Trianum DS is the first biological product composed of fungi in Brazil that can be used in industrial seed treatment (TSI)

01.06.2020 | 20:59 (UTC -3)
Flavia Romanelli

Trianum DS (Trichoderma harzianum Strain T22) is the first biological product composed of fungus in Brazil that can be used in industrial seed treatment (TSI). Made with the T22 strain, developed through a fusion between the best strains in Trichoderma harzianum, the product is exclusive to Koppert and showed a significant reduction in the incidence and severity of soil pathogens (fungi and nematodes) in the demonstration fields carried out during the 2019/20 harvest. Furthermore, it promoted the growth of roots and aerial parts of plants, which resulted in an average increase of 3,4 bags/ha in soybean fields.

One of the advantages of the product is that it provides double protection to plants, as it has the potential to protect roots from two pathogens - fungi and soil nematodes, which cause great losses to farmers if not properly controlled. For Koppert's industrial director, Danilo Pedrazzoli, when the Trianum DS is used for TSI, the producer is guaranteed to purchase the seed with the correct product and in the appropriate proportion and dosage. “The already treated seed facilitates the operation, bringing economic and productivity advantages, especially for soybean crops”, he explains.

Pedrazzoli highlights the quality of the T22 strain, considered a “super Trichoderma harzianum”. “Koppert has had the right to use this asset globally since the 1990s. In Brazil, we began research into using the product in our biomes in 2009 and now we have the Trianum DS available to the local producer.”

Furthermore, the need for the farmer to treat the seed on the farm with Trichoderma harzianum and plant immediately afterwards. "As Trianum DS the fungus remains viable in the seed for up to 60 days after carrying out the TSI, when stored in a cool and ventilated place”, advises Koppert's agronomic development coordinator, Marcelino Borges Brito.

For Fabiano Denis de Paula, general director of Futura Agronegócios, Koppert's partner in the treatment of industrial seeds with biologicals, in Minas Gerais, the Trianum DS presented excellent results in trials and crop monitoring. “The product delivers efficiency and safety in the control of nematodes and soil diseases, ensuring greater production per hectare and an increase in the number of pods per plant. We are very pleased to be able to use it.”

Regarding TSI with biologicals, de Paula explains that it is very well accepted by rural producers and its use has been increasing in recent harvests. “We expect to grow 20% to 40% this season in the adoption of biologicals at TSI,” she says.

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