DiTera® is a microbial nematicide derived from the microorganism Myrothecium verrucaria. DiTera provides significant plant health benefits resulting in higher crop yields and an excellent return on investment. Use of DiTera can increase root and shoot vigor, enhance root nutrient uptake and result in enhanced foliage color. DiTera acts by selectively controlling plant parasitic nematodes that affect the root systems of many economic crops including vegetables, tomatoes, cole crops, grapes, stone fruit, citrus, nut crops, bananas, pineapples, turf, and ornamentals.
DiTera controls nematodes through several different modes of action. First, it kills nematodes by paralyzing the muscles that control feeding and locomotion. It also inhibits nematode sensory organs, causing disorientation, and prevents egg hatching and development.
DiTera impacts soil properties as well. It enhances beneficial soil microbe populations, reduces root susceptibility to secondary infections, and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity. Roots are more efficient and nutrient uptake is improved, as evidenced by greater plant vigor, better foliage, and a visual greening effect. Plant and shoot weights increase as a result.
DiTera is an excellent tool for resistance management. Because of its varied modes of action, DiTera will work against nematode populations that have demonstrated resistance or reduced susceptibility to standard nematicidal products. It also has a first-rate safety profile. A non-restricted use product with a minimum re-entry interval of only four hours, it offers more flexibility than other nematicides. It is highly specific, only affecting plant parasitic nematodes – not beneficial nematodes. DiTera also has an excellent environmental profile, with low toxicity for birds, fish, insects, and earthworms.
DiTera is OMRI® listed and USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified.