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Agriculture

Boragen, Dole seek banana fungicide

by Melody M. Bomgardner
May 30, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 21

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Credit: Scott Nelson
The fungal disease Black Sigatoka leaves telltale marks on banana plants.

The boron chemical discovery firm Boragen will collaborate with Dole Food Co. to find fungicides to combat the banana fungal disease Black Sigatoka. The prevalent and damaging disease is caused by the organism Mycosphaerella fijiensis, which has evolved resistance to several fungicides. Boron-based chemistry could provide broad-spectrum disease control with new modes of action, Boragen says.

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