|January 12, 2007, organic-research.com:
Milk has the potential to save wheat plants suffering from
mildew disease according to new research released from Harper Adams
University College in the UK. A university program studying disease
control options for organic and low input systems found that spraying
wheat plants with milk can help cure mildew disease.
Dr Peter Kettlewell, lead research on the project, was exited about
the potential of the findings, “Our results show that milk
could potentially be used to improve plant health of wheat if disease
becomes severe, especially on organic crops where chemical fungicides
are not permitted.”
This is not the first time the curative abilities of milk on mildew
have been documented. Researchers in South America found similar
results when they used milk to fight mildew on squash plants, while,
organic grape growers in Australia have used milk to rid their vines
of the disease.
The study conducted by Dr. Kettlewell and research assistant Georgina
Drury will appear in the current issue of Tests of Agrochemicals
*Drury, G. E., Kettlewell, P. S. and Jenkinson, P. (2003). The
potential of milk and whey as fungicides against powdery mildew
in wheat. Tests of Agrochemicals and Cultivars 24:26-27.