Peanuts have new pesticide to protect them from deadly fungus

Posted July 23, 2004, as reported by, 7/2/04: A new pesticide designed to protect peanut crops from aflatoxin fungus has been approved for immediate use in the U.S.

The biological agent was developed by scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to shield peanuts crops from the poisonous fungus.

Afla-Guard which reduces aflatoxin between 70% and 90% after the first application and as much as 98% in repeated applications has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Aflatoxin outbreaks occur when certain crops, such as peanuts and corn, are stressed by drought conditions. The treatment was made from spores of a non-toxic mould able to compete with aflatoxin fungus.

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