Agrobiomics is an agricultural biotech company focused on research, development and commercialization of natural product solutions to prevent against trunk diseases in fruit and nut tree crops.

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CropSeal 2.0

The first commercially available patent-pending pruning wound sealant certified for use in organic production in accordance with the USDA National Organic Standards to prevent against trunk diseases. 

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Trunk Diseases

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.

Symptoms of these diseases include dead spurs, arms, and cordons and eventual vine death due to canker formation in the vascular tissue. Wood-canker diseases significantly limit the profitable lifespan of vineyards and orchards. 

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Protecting vines with CropSeal can prevent this yield loss, expand vineyard longevity and create significant long-term cost-savings. 

The more wounds you seal, the fewer diseases you get each year. That, in turn, means fewer dead spurs, arms or canes over time. When preventative practices are adopted earlier, the number of years a grower can expect positive net return increases. 

Unlike any other pruning wound sealant solutions, Agrobiomics uses a unique formulation of beeswax and JMS stylet oil to create an active coating on pruning wound surfaces that sticks even under rainy weather while providing antimicrobial activity for control of trunk diseases. CropSeal 2.0 is water resistantantimicrobial and 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.

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Economic Loses

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Trunk diseases take a long time to develop and often become symptomatic only years after infection has already occurred, at which point management options are limited and can become increasingly costly to control. 

As cankers develop, yield reductions occur due to the loss of productive wood. Affected orchards and vineyards suffer significant economic losses due to reduced productivity and longevity, decreasing yield by up to 50% in 15 year-old vineyards and more in older vineyards as seen on the graph above.

The impact of grapevine wood diseases can be significant, and usually becomes more severe as vineyards become older. 

Clearly taking no action to prevent trunk diseases results in significant economic losses.

Cost Savings

When preventative practices are adopted, there are fewer symptomatic vines over time, lowering the reduction of yields throughout the 25-year lifespan of a vineyard.

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, THE SOLUTION California Fruit and Nut Review 2012).

With CropSeal growers have a cost effective natural preventive solution against trunk diseases.