||Fungi, a large and diverse group of microorganisms, some of which are common plant pathogens. If susceptible plants left untreated, losses of crops due to fungal diseases can have a large impact on human food sources (e.g., the Great Irish famine; The Southern corn leaf blight epidemic in the early 1970s, which caused damage of one billion dollars, incited by Helminthosporium maydis, "race T", the anamorph or the asexual form of the ascomycete Cochliobolus heterostrophus), local and global economies, and consumers' health (e.g. aflatoxin). Fungi are spread through spores and hyphae that are produced in abundance, which are transmitted on plants through wind, water, soil, birds, insects and the remains of infected plants.
Delivering anti-fungi genes, TraitUP™ platform is successfully used to induce tolerance to fungi in susceptible tomatoes, e.g., against both, Fusarium crown and root rot (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici) and Rhizoctonia (Rhizoctonia solani).
In order to extend TraitUP’s spectrum of protection, Morflora continues to further identify sources for fungi resistance in various vegetables and plants.
By enabling anti-fungi treatment to plants and seeds, more growers can secure their crops in fungi-infected lands and conditions, while significantly reducing the use of chemicals.