Researchers find use for fungi in vegetable growing
CNATAIPEI -- A genus of fungi has been found to have better control of soil pathogens than conventional pesticides and to help breed vegetable seedlings, a local researcher said yesterday.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
“Trichoderma has a better effect on enhancing plant growth, such as seed germination rate, root extension and plant growth rate,” said Chen Chien-wei, an associate researcher at the Taichung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station.
With only “one dose” of the fungi, the flower number and production of vegetable seedlings can be enhanced and the harvest stage can be prolonged for one to two months, Chen told CNA, adding that he has found good results in growing tomatoes, cabbages, cucumbers and peppers.
The survival rate can even be increased to at least 95 percent from some 60-70 percent, he said.
Currently, only three out of 10 nursery farms are using this method, but all have seen good results, Chen said.