In Louisiana,Don Groth plant pathologist of LSU Ag Center asserted that in upcoming growing season a centralized label for fungicide Secadis would be granted. This announcement was done on the occasion of 35th meeting of Rice technical group, it was held from Feb 18 to 21, and more than 400 rice scientist and experts attended it in New Orleans. This meeting is held in each even numbers year to exchange the data and updates of rice industry by all rice growing states. Fungi fighter is in use since 1977.
In Aug 2013 the temporary label to be used on fungicide-resistant cover stain in rice was expired and a full label from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was expected. The permanent labeling would be done for anywhere in the south and it is evident according to the regulations of 2013 the use of fungi fighter can be used in the area which have resistant pathogen. The pathogen which is resistant to fungicide can move to any rice grown area and it is serious and further Allen and Evangeline parishes can be affected by this. This disease is spreading with the help of soil and other plant material. This fungicide resistance has been developed because of a single change in amino acid of the pathogen’s DNA and it happened in the thousands of combinations of like this. As the population enough is challenged and selection pressure is also exercised on it resistance is created. Sercadis made an effective product and the production rate inclined from 4.5 ounces to 7.6 ounces and it is most effective when it is used in boot stage of paddy.
When product was initially used then it seemed that rice has been sprinkled with Quadris and the consultants with whom Groth consulted they liked the product. Now the restrictions of usage has been relaxed and it can be used anywhere. He is also working on other product which can be rotated with Sercadis. Sheath blight in paddy is really pathetic problem as Soyabean are rotated with rice it creates aerial blight. Rice was earlier rotated with pasture of cattle. Groth research was done by the chek-off money given by peasants which was near about 5 cents for every 100 pounds of rice sold. To obtain a product like EPA was only possible by such research and scientific data.
A grievance by the group of peasants (rather small in number) has tried to challenge the check-off program. The rice research station director said that these check-off dollars are well spent without check-off funds no business promotion will be possible.