Researchers at MPOB have been studying and developing beneficial fungus, Trichoderma as a biological control agent against Ganoderma through careful testing and screening.
Trichoderma virens 159c was selected as the most effective strain against Ganoderma.
Working together with True Trichoderma Technology Sdn. Bhd., this strain has been formulated as Trichoshield, a biofungicide against Ganoderma.
Trichoshield contains endophytic Trichoderma spores that will colonize the palm’s roots and provide protection against Ganoderma and other fungal diseases. Trichoderma will also stimulate root growth leading to better yields.
- Seed treatment: 20 g per seed
- Main nursery planting: 100 g per hole
- Field planting: 1 kg per hole
- Matured palm: Trichoshield mixed with compost at 1:3. Apply 5 kg around palm circle every 6 months