Germains develops innovative seed treatment for organic growers
Germains Seed Technology recently introduced ProBio gopure, an organic process that removes bacterial seed-borne pathogens from Swiss chard, beet and coriander seeds.
A certified organic seed treatment, the product results in reduction in pseudomonas syringae pv.aptata from Swiss chard and beet seeds and pseudomonas syringae pv.coriandricola from coriander seeds. It may also help reduce the transfer of pathogenic organisms onto other crops and the field.
The process was developed by Germains as a custom solution for an organic grower. The research and development team in Gilroy, California, collaborated with the customer to formulate an effective, certified organic disinfection treatment now known as ProBio gopure.
The US is the largest organic market in the world, with over three million acres of certified organic cropland according to US Department of Agriculture 2014 production data. Canada and Mexico have also seen dramatic growth in organic production in recent years.