Agrochemical giant Bayer is offering the promise of mainstream bio-pesticides for British arable farmers, with a microbial product for the control of sclerotinia in oilseed rape expected to be available within two to three years.
Seedborne disease refers to the particular plant diseases that are transmitted by seed. In some cases the transmission on seed is insignificant compared to the population of disease organisms that exist in soil or on weed species. In other cases, the transmission on seed is the primary means by which a disease spreads. While we are cautious about any type of disease on seed, it is this latter set of diseases that we must be most vigilant in controlling.