19 November 2018
 
   
 
   
 
 
  WHAT IS ARMICARB®?
Armicarb® is a specially optimised formulation of potassium bicarbonate for use against target diseases in agriculture and horticulture.
Effective against a broad range of diseases in pome fruit, stone fruit, soft fruit, grapevines, hops, vegetables and ornamentals.
Included in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC, Armicarb® is exempt from EU MRLs, and authorised for use in organic production by the European Commission.
Armicarb® is a soluble powder containing 85 % (w/w) potassium bicarbonate.
Armicarb® is especially suitable for use in programmes with conventional fungicides, as well as in organic fruit, wine and vegetable production.

HOW DOES ARMICARB® WORK?
Armicarb® has a multi-site mode of action, acting through a combination of osmotic pressure, pH, and specific bicarbonate/carbonate ion effects.
By consequence, the risk of resistance developing is considered to be low, and according to the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (www.frac.info) no resistance is known. Armicarb® acts very rapidly to cause dehydration and total collapse of spores and mycelium of susceptible fungi (see photographs below, courtesy of Dr. Ken Horst, H&I Agritech, Inc.).

 
Untreated spores of powdery mildew taken under light microscopy   Powdery mildew spores 1 minute after treatment with Armicarb®
     
 
Untreated mycelium of powdery mildew taken by electron microscopy   Powdery mildew mycelium 1 minute after treatment with Armicarb®



ARMICARB® HIGH-TECH FORMULATION
Armicarb®’s proprietary wetting system ensures a complete and thorough coverage of plant surfaces, whilst at the same time limiting wash-off of the highly water-soluble active substance by rain.

It is this critical balance of ‘sticking’ and ‘spreading’ by the formulation that delivers a level of field performance, outdoors as well as in protected conditions, equivalent to conventional fungicide standards.





ARMICARB® USES
Armicarb® provides good levels of control of many economically important fungal diseases, including apple scab, Botrytis cinerea and powdery mildew in grapevines, and powdery mildew in soft fruit and vegetables.

See local distributor use recommendations for details: Click here


WHAT BENEFITS DOES ARMICARB® BRING TO THE GROWER?
Ease of handling
Soluble powder dissolves readily and completely in water

Fast-acting contact fungicide
Apply preventively, or immediately (within 8 hours) after infections (where precise infection timings are known, or conditions require)

Exempt from EU MRLs
Short pre-harvest intervals

Non-classified
High level of safety for user, consumer and environment


PUBLICATIONS
BCPC 2005 (PowerPoint) - 2.5MB
Eco-Fruit paper 2012 (PDF) - 232KB
Eco-Fruit poster 2012 (PDF) - 188KB
Technical Leaflet Feb. 2012 (PDF) - 300KB


 
 
 
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