CropSeal 2.0 is a patent-pending pruning wound protectant certified for use in organic production.
The technology was developed at the University of California, Riverside by Dr. Philippe Rolshausen who has 20 years of experience in trunk diseases in grapevines and fruit and nut tree crops.
Fruit and nut tree trunk diseases are some of the most destructive diseases of vineyards and orchards worldwide. Trees are most susceptible after pruning when the open wound is exposed to the environment and becomes infected by disease-causing fungi. These pathogens colonize the plant vascular system, causing wood canker and dieback leading to death of the plant. Affected orchards and vineyards suffer significant economic losses due to reduced productivity and longevity. It has been evaluated that just in California alone grape growers losses are estimated to be $260 millions per annum (Gubler WD et al., 2005).
Trunk diseases can decrease yield by up to 50% in 15 year-old vineyards and more in older vineyards as seen on the graph below. Protecting vines with CropSeal can prevent this yield loss, expand vineyard longevity and create significant long-term cost-savings. For example savings can be up to $20,000 per acre in 15 year-old vineyards; considering a price of $5,000 per ton with an average yield of 8 tons per acre (USDA NASS Data, California Fruit and Nut Review 2012).
Agrobiomics is an agricultural biotech company who thrives to become the industry leader in the discovery, development, and commercialization of natural products for integrated pest management in fruit and nut tree crops.
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