As a strong supporter and contributor to the TREE Fund, we want to share a recent newsletter about the type of research it supports. Check out the article on SIR (Systemic Reduced Resistance) in plants. It works like a vaccine does in humans. Wow!
Research on Fighting Tree Diseases with Non-Chemical Compounds
Urban trees are susceptible to various pathogenic fungi and bacteria that, if uncontrolled, can result in high mortality rates. Agrochemicals are primarily used to control these diseases, but present their own problems. Systemic induced resistance (SIR) is a resistance mechanism in plants that is activated by exposure to a disease (same concept as a vaccine). SIR inducing compounds have been developed and shown promise as a non-chemical disease management strategy for trees. In the study READ MORE