Re: Milk is a good fungicide
The first question I'd ask is about the quality of the milk used.
Was it industrially produced or small scale/locally?
"Qualifies as an organic treatment" is vague, in that I personally would never
spray hormone-laden milk on anything I grow, nor would consider it a valid
If for nothing else, I don't want to financially support the synthetic food
Fortunately, we have access to chem-free raw milk from a friend's farm.
Further details on this study would be appreciated.
Ruth Fair Leeb wrote:
> I got this note from my friend in Swaziland. Thot I'd sent it along. Ruthie
> >Dear Friends
> >I must say I was shocked to read that syraying ordinary cows milk mixed with
> >water in a 1:9 dilution is as effective at preventing the growth of the
> >powderey mildew mould /Sphaerotheca fuliginea/ on cucumbers and zuccini as
> >any commercial chemical fungicides!
> >This was a discovery by Wagner Bettoil in Embrapa, the Brazilian
> >Agricultural Research Corp. He sprayed it on heavily affected plants twice
> >a week. It worked as well as Fenarimol or Benomyl. In many cases milk was
> >faster and more effective. In some cases it was 6 times more effective as a
> >fungicide. It qualifies as an organic treatment.
> >Effective control can be maintained with a 5% spray once a week. It is not
> >yet clear why it works but it might boost the plant's immune system.
> >Powdery mildew is a serious problem in Swaziland where we cannot grow
> >certain crops in some areas because of its endemic presence.
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