Fungistat

Definition - What does Fungistat mean?

Like fungicides, fungistats are anti-fungal agents that inhibit the growth of fungus, but unlike fungicides, they do not kill the fungus. Therefore, they are a preemptive strike against future fungal growth. They are used in various sectors like horticulture, agriculture, the food sector, the painting industry, and the medical industry.

The use of fungistats is common during the setting up and daily maintenance of indoor and hydroponic cannabis grow rooms, where fungus can easily gain a hold.

A fungistat can be any substance that inhibits fungal growth. For example, neem oil is a known fungistat used to prevent the growth of powdery mildew. There are many other types of chemicals that can be found in the market that have the same functions as fungistats, such as fluconazole and itraconazole, both of which can also be prescribed for humans.

Hydrolife explains Fungistat

Fungi actually has an important role in the garden. Certain types, like mycorrhizal fungi, help break down decaying matter and re-mineralize the components in the soil. But, however important a role it plays, some fungi are not always good for gardening as they can overtake plants grown in traditional in-ground beds, raised beds, and hydroponic set-ups.

When the bad fungi come to play, pesticides such as fungicides and fungistats (also known as fungistatics), are often applied.

There is a misinterpretation that fungistats and fungicides both have the same functions. However, this is not the case. Fungicides are chemical compounds that kill fungi, while fungistats are chemicals or biological agents that stop fungi from reproducing.

Fungistats help limit the spreading of fungal infection but do not actually kill the fungus as it will die off naturally within its usual life cycle. Fungistats operate by preventing reproduction of fungal agents. Accordingly, the disease will not be able to spread. Sometimes the removal of fungal-contaminated leaves, stems, or entire plants is necessary in major cases of fungal diseases.

However, prevention is always better than the cure. So, cannabis growers are urged to maintain the humidity levels of their crops, especially in sealed indoor grow rooms where the wind and natural air cannot help with moisture control. For cannabis growers, the buildup of moisture is the main aspect that can lead to fungal growth and the spreading of diseases.

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