Disease
Rutgers University Summer Patch Trials with Companion Biological Fungicide
Fend Off Turf Diseases with Growth Products' Companion®
Effective, environmentally responsible, and reasonably priced disease control for golf courses? It sounds too good to be true. But it is now a reality with Companion® Liquid Biological Fungicide. Used as a stand-alone fungicide or in conjunction with chemical fungicides, Companion® provides proven results on turf and is an ideal part of a superintendent's disease resistance management program.

Companion® Liquid Biological Fungicide prevents, controls and suppresses a broad range of turf diseases including Anthracnose, Brown Patch, Dollar Spot, Summer Patch, Fusarium Patch, Pythium and Phytophthora. One of Growth Products' most innovative products, Companion® was the first-ever EPA registered biofungicide on the U.S. market.

Companion® contains high concentrations of the soil microbe Bacillus subtilis GB03. B. subtilis GB03 quickly establishes colonies in the root zone, where it produces a broad-spectrum antibiotic that disrupts the formation of pathogen cells. GB03 also stimulates a turf's natural ability to fight disease through Induced Systemic Resistance (ISR).

Because Bacillus subtilis has multiple modes of action to fight disease, there is virtually no risk that pathogens will develop a resistance to Companion®. This is of great environmental and practical importance, now that 150+ disease pathogens are already resistant to chemical fungicides.

Companion® is competitively priced, and it can be used in combination with lower rates of traditional chemical fungicides, thus reducing chemical applications and lowering chemical and labor costs.

To complete your disease prevention regimen, use one of Growth Products' slow-release, liquid, low-salt fertilizers along with Essential® Plus Root Stimulator and Soil Conditioner. Essential® Plus contains high concentrations of humic and L-amino acids, enzymes, organic proteins, kelp extracts and natural biostimulants that serve as the building blocks for better soil and subsoil conditions, better soil CEC ratings, improved turf rooting, and overall turf health.

For fascinating case study on one golf course's success with Growth Products' regimen, read Course Takes Biological Approach to Disease Management.