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Keeping Pace with fungicide resistance

Apple season is upon us, and fruit quality remains top of mind from the orchard all the way to the store shelf. A key element to maintaining the quality of fruit is implementing integrated practices from the orchard all the way through storage and packing. Incorporating sustainable management practices for decay control and fungicide resistance management are possible with the right tools in place.logo

Pace International recognizes that effective biological solutions are becoming essential to protecting quality and marketability of fresh apples for the organic and sustainability-minded consumer. Along with that, fruit packers are eager to have an effective organic option when selecting biorational decay control tools for their postharvest programs.

BioSpectra 100 SC, a highly effective Pace biofungicide was recently granted the OMRI Listed seal, after completing a rigorous certification process and requirements set forth for organic crop production use. This natamycin-based fungicide provides broad-spectrum decay control against mucor rot, blue and gray molds, along with several other fungal postharvest diseases affecting apples.

The announcement comes six years after the introduction of the product when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) approved the product for postharvest applications. BioSpectra 100 SC was the first product registered in its class for postharvest uses across apples, pears, cherries, stone fruits, and citrus.

This highly effective, natural decay control agent has received an exemption from tolerance (MRL) for current agricultural applications in the U.S and has shown no resistance development over the past decades of use in food. Biospectra 100 SC provides a new mode of action for inhibiting pathogen growth for both organic and conventional apples. It acts by binding to a unique component of fungal cell membranes (ergosterol) and inhibiting membrane transport proteins, leading to fungal cell expiration.

“BioSpectra’s OMRI certification has long been expected and is an example of Pace’s continuous investments in innovation on bio-based solutions for improved efficacy, safety, and efficiencies along the postharvest supply chain,” said Rodrigo Cifuentes, executive vice president and COO of Pace International.

“Pace is always seeking sustainability-driven innovations,” added Cifuentes. “As we look towards the packing house of the future, Pace will continue to focus on offering a unique combination of novel and biorational chemistries, efficient delivery technology, and insightful data-based services.”

As the 2022 season commences, Pace is dedicated to ensuring that its apple and cherry customers have the right tools in place to successfully implement a fungicide resistance management program.

Organically certified, BioSpectra 100 SC is the smart addition to prevent postharvest decay in organic fruit.

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