Controlling Brown Rot

Cultural techniques including maintaining an open canopy, removing diseased wood and removing mummified fruits can assist by reducing inoculum sources in the orchard. However for economic control a seasonal fungicide programme is required. The critical periods for fungicide applications are through the key infection periods – from early flowering through shuck fall and pre-harvest.

Luna Sensation provides a new highly effective option for growers to incorporate into their brown rot spray programme.

Luna Sensation - The Product

Group 11 fungicide. The active ingredients in Luna Sensation provide different but complimentary properties that provide synergistic activity, giving outstanding disease control.

These properties include:
  • Upward systemic movement
  • Translaminar activity
  • Strong protectant activity
  • Continuous penetration – small amounts of the fungicide continue to penetrate the leaves over time
  • Vapour activity
  • Strong affinity with plant surfaces – binds and penetrates into the wax layer
  • Good rainfastness

Luna Sensation has “beyond efficacy” properties which reduces rots and losses in post-harvest. This has been demonstrated in New Zealand trials. For more information go to Field Trials

Brown rot (Monilinia fruiticola) is the most economically devastating disease for stonefruit growers. Infections can result in yield losses through fruit rots at harvest. Latent infections not visible at harvest develop into rots in storage and reduce shelf life in the post-harvest food chain.
Brown rot infections occur in ripening fruit when wet weather occurs 3 to 4 weeks prior to harvest. However, this can often be caused by a latent infection which has occurred over the flowering period. It is important to have a season long fungicide program starting from early flowering through to harvest to prevent infection development. Luna Sensation provides growers with a powerful new tool for incorporation into Brown rot control programmes.