PEI

Fungal dandelion killer tested on P.E.I.

Agriculture Canada officials are working on a new natural pesticide to kill weeds such as dandelions.

Agriculture Canada officials are working on a new natural pesticide to kill weeds such as dandelions.

The pesticide is made from a fungus and it could soon be on store shelves.

Trials began on P.E.I. after the province banned 2,4-D as a lawn pesticide in 2010.

"The material that we put on it is a fungus material and it will infect the plants and kill the plants out," said Richard Martin, Agriculture Canada research scientist. "And initially, apparently, it will turn them white and then they will eventually disappear as they die out. And we do know that it does have some good potential and it does work."

It generally takes a few weeks for the weeds to die.

Agriculture Canada will be showing off the pesticide during farm tours this summer.

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