Study of the possibilities of wheat seed treatment with antibiotics against the causal agents of Fusarium and Helminthosporium root rot.
Results are presented of lab. and field trials against F. graminearum [Gibberella zeae], F. avenaceum and H. sativum [Cochliobolus sativus]. Seed treatment with niphimycin and griseofulvin reduced root rot by 63 and 60%, respectively, compared with the control. Seed germination was increased. Results were similar to or slightly better than those with some organo-mercuric compounds.