Fungi Thatch Degrader (FTD)
Bio Thatch Control for lignin breakdown
A package of specifically selected fungi and bacteria, designed to degrade thatch layers in sportsturf
TourTurf® Thatch-Less® – Fungi Thatch Degrader (FTD) is a fully water-soluble powder containing targeted microorganisms and biostimulants that together provide biological thatch control in sportsturf.
The product is 100% organically derived and comprises a combination of natural soil fungi and bacteria, together with fulvic acid carbohydrates and seaweed extracts, specifically co-formulated to speed up the natural degradation of thatch and organic matter in turf.
FTD’s ‘mode of action’ is for the Bacillus spp to produce enzymes that breakdown the cellulose content of the decaying plant, being partially fed by the biostimulant content in the product and slowly releasing further nutrients.
At the same time, the fungal species decay the lignified matter, to break it down further and feed off the by-products, all of which reduces the thatch and opens up the rooting zone.
The carefully selected strains of beneficial bacterial and fungi that make up the ‘core consortia’ of microorganisms, also include Bacillus subtilis, B. licheniformis, Trichoderma reesei and T. asperellum, which also assist in developing strong microbial communities in the rootzone, benefiting plant-soil interaction and so more efficient nutrient uptake.
In addition to thatch control, this product can also be used monthly, especially if the turf has persistent problems with weak roots, nematodes and different turf diseases.
When applied monthly, the incorporated bacteria and beneficial fungi will act to strengthen the plant and promote a healthy soil life which in turn will help the turf plant to develop stronger roots so better withstand a range of diseases and perform better overall.
Thatch-Less® is a registered trademark belonging to E. Marker A/S.
8593-EU (2 x 1 kg per carton) For sale in the EU*
8593-JPY (2 x 1 kg per carton) For sale in Japan
TourTurf® Thatch-Less® Fungi Thatch Degrader (FTD) is offered in two versions. One version for Japan and one version for Europe and other markets.
Both versions contains the beneficial thatch degrading fungal strains ( Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma reesei, Trichoderma asperellum and Phanerochaete chryosporium). However for Japan we do not offer the fungal strain Phanerochaete chryosporium as part of the microbial package.
– And 5 strains of the plantstrenghtening bacteria (Bacilus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus megaterium, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Bacillus pumilus).
You can see the specific breakdown of the highly specialised thatch degrader microorganisms in the tables below.
The product is packed with 2*1kg pr. box in silver foil pouches. Mix 2 kg of the product into 20 L of hand warm water (30-40°C.) first and stir to dissolve.
Then pour the mixture into the spray tank and keep stirring.
Remember always to do a ”bucket test” before mixing Thatch-Less® FTD with other products.
Use 2 kg/ha, twice a year or as and when needed. Can be mixed with biostimulants, wetting agents, seaweed and liquid fertilizers in the spray tank. Apply in 500-700 L water per ha.
Reapply FTD 8 days after the use of fungicides as fungicides are detrimental to the biological product.
TourTurf® FTD cannot be tank mixed with a fungicide as this will damage the beneficial microorganisms.