OCION PT81 is a unique mineral-based foliar spray that offers superior performance at low doses to control and prevent fungal and bacterial plant diseases in greenhouses, nurseries and fields. OCION PT81 can be used with species specific rate on a wide range of food crops, non-food crops, annuals & perennials, tropical foliage plants, potted flowering plants, shrubs, vines, trees and turfgrasses, and is suitable for commercial greenhouses, nurseries, and field applications.
- OCION PT81 is proudly listed on the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) . OCION PT81 qualifies as organic under the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). The listed products are used by certifiers, growers, manufacturers and suppliers to confirm that an item is approved for organic use according to USDA rules.
- Active ingredient in OCION PT81, Copper sulphate pentahydrate, has been exempted from the requirement of a tolerance under EPA 40 CFR 180.1021 (c) and by FAO when applied as a fungicide to growing crops or to raw agricultural commodities after harvest.
- OCION PT81 has Fungicides Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) Code M1with multi-site contact activity mode of action. It is considered as a low risk group without any signs of resistance developing to the fungi. It is therefore highly recommended to integrate to existing spray program to avoid or reduce development of resistance of the pathogen against at-risk fungicide with single site contact mode of action.
How It Works
The interaction of the readily available, bioactive copper ions in the uniquely formulated OCION PT81 is referred as mode of multiple active site interaction. That means instead of single site action, the copper ions interact with multiple sites of the micro-organisms such as cell wall, cell membrane, DNA, and RNA, and induce generation of reactive oxygen species. All these interactions eventually lead to cell damage and cell death of bacteria, algae and fungus. Due to this unparalleled mode of action, this product is classified as FRAC Code M1, a low risk group for developing resistance to fungi. In addition, this product also showed efficacy against resistant bacterial species such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and EMRSA (Epidemic Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Copper and other minerals are essential micronutrients required for many plant metabolic processes. Yet the amount of minerals required by plants is minute compared to the amount applied using traditional methods for disease control. As a result, long term-use of mineral based fungicides have resulted in negative ecological impacts including detrimental effect on soil biota. OCION PT81 is formulated with trace amount of fully bioavailable copper ions. Therefore, a minute amount of copper (in ppm) is required for effective disease prevention control and protecting plants from disease without harming the environment. OCION PT81 is environmentally responsible, easy to use, safe, and cost-effective plant bactericide, algaecide and fungicide. Because OCION PT81 is uniquely formulated it drastically reduces the copper build up in the environment by using extremely low levels of ionic copper to control pathogens.