New biological control product combats apple canker
The fungal pathogen Neonectria ditissima causes one of the most destructive diseases of apple trees. The fungus produces wood cankers which can lead to serious loss of whole trees. While the EU has made a commitment to sustainable biological methods in integrated pest management strategies, there are no biocontrol products that are commercially available to manage this disease. Instead, chemical control is used. The EU-funded BioNeedit project will contribute to the development of a new biocontrol product to control apple canker disease. It will select potential antagonistic microorganisms against Neonectria ditissima that have antagonistic properties as well as meet the requirements for commercial production, safety and product authorisation.