Unique, Organic Crop Protectant Now Available for Use in Home Gardens

Natural Mineral-Based Product Protects Fruits and Vegetables From Many Pests;

Doesn't Harm Beneficial Insects



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Engelhard Corporation

    ISELIN, N.J., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- It may look like a snowstorm in
 August when garden plants are covered with new Surround(R) At Home(TM) crop
 protectant, but the white coating clinging to fruits, vegetables and leaves
 safely and effectively prevents a variety of common pests from damaging the
 plants.  Yet the product does not affect honeybees and other pollinators,
 earthworms or other beneficial insects.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010410/NYFNSJ18 )
     Developed by Engelhard Corporation, Surround At Home is made from
 specially modified kaolin, a natural mineral that is also used as a food
 additive and in cosmetics.  The product is sprayed onto pears, apples, grapes,
 berries, and some vegetables using standard hand-held and backpack sprayers to
 form a dry, white coating that makes the plants unattractive to insect pests.
     Insects don't like crawling on a plant or tree covered with Surround At
 Home.  It sticks to their wings, legs and mouth parts, so they quickly leave
 to find a more comfortable place to feed and lay eggs.  At harvest, the
 Surround coating rubs off fruits and vegetables easily under running water,
 leaving the produce ready to eat.
     Surround prevents sunburn on fruits and nuts and reduces the stress of
 summer heat by reflecting harmful UV and infrared light while allowing usable
 light to pass through.  Because Surround-treated plants don't "shut down" from
 stress as early on a hot day, photosynthesis actually can be increased.
     The product is available to home gardeners through Gardens Alive!(R)
 (http://www.gardensalive.com), a leader marketer of organic gardening
 products.
     Engelhard Corporation, the Fortune 500 surface and materials science
 company, and the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural
 Research Service (USDA-ARS) developed the product under a cooperative program
 aimed at developing softer pest-control technologies.
     Commercial versions of Surround are used in large orchards and farms, and
 the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) has listed Surround WP crop
 protectant for use in organic production.
 
     Easy-to-use
     Surround At Home is supplied as a white powder to be mixed by the home
 gardener with water and sprayed directly on fruit and foliage.  The product is
 most effective when sprayed before infestations occur and generally should be
 reapplied every 7 to 14 days.  "Keeping the plant covered is the key to
 success," said Peter Barrows, manager of crop protectants at Engelhard.
 Reapplication also is necessary after heavy rains that can wash the Surround
 coating off plants.  Most other insecticides, and fungicides such as sulfur
 and lime-sulfur, can be mixed with Surround.
     Studies have shown that Surround At Home is effective in suppressing a
 range of insect pests on a variety of plants:
 
     *     Flea beetles, cucumber beetles and bean beetles on some vegetables
     *     Japanese beetles and leafhoppers on cane berries and blueberries,
           and blueberry maggot on blueberries
     *     Pear psylla, rust mites, thrips, leafhoppers, and early codling moth
           on pears
     *     Plum curculio, leafhoppers, leaf rollers and early codling moths on
           apples
 
     Home gardeners can purchase Surround At Home from Gardens Alive! by
 visiting the company's web site at http://www.gardensalive.com, by calling
 812-537-8650 or at the Gardens Alive! retail store in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
 
     Engelhard Corporation is a surface and materials science company that
 develops technologies to improve customers' products and processes.  A Fortune
 500 company, Engelhard is a world-leading provider of technologies for
 environmental, process, appearance and performance applications.
 
 

SOURCE Engelhard Corporation
    ISELIN, N.J., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- It may look like a snowstorm in
 August when garden plants are covered with new Surround(R) At Home(TM) crop
 protectant, but the white coating clinging to fruits, vegetables and leaves
 safely and effectively prevents a variety of common pests from damaging the
 plants.  Yet the product does not affect honeybees and other pollinators,
 earthworms or other beneficial insects.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010410/NYFNSJ18 )
     Developed by Engelhard Corporation, Surround At Home is made from
 specially modified kaolin, a natural mineral that is also used as a food
 additive and in cosmetics.  The product is sprayed onto pears, apples, grapes,
 berries, and some vegetables using standard hand-held and backpack sprayers to
 form a dry, white coating that makes the plants unattractive to insect pests.
     Insects don't like crawling on a plant or tree covered with Surround At
 Home.  It sticks to their wings, legs and mouth parts, so they quickly leave
 to find a more comfortable place to feed and lay eggs.  At harvest, the
 Surround coating rubs off fruits and vegetables easily under running water,
 leaving the produce ready to eat.
     Surround prevents sunburn on fruits and nuts and reduces the stress of
 summer heat by reflecting harmful UV and infrared light while allowing usable
 light to pass through.  Because Surround-treated plants don't "shut down" from
 stress as early on a hot day, photosynthesis actually can be increased.
     The product is available to home gardeners through Gardens Alive!(R)
 (http://www.gardensalive.com), a leader marketer of organic gardening
 products.
     Engelhard Corporation, the Fortune 500 surface and materials science
 company, and the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural
 Research Service (USDA-ARS) developed the product under a cooperative program
 aimed at developing softer pest-control technologies.
     Commercial versions of Surround are used in large orchards and farms, and
 the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) has listed Surround WP crop
 protectant for use in organic production.
 
     Easy-to-use
     Surround At Home is supplied as a white powder to be mixed by the home
 gardener with water and sprayed directly on fruit and foliage.  The product is
 most effective when sprayed before infestations occur and generally should be
 reapplied every 7 to 14 days.  "Keeping the plant covered is the key to
 success," said Peter Barrows, manager of crop protectants at Engelhard.
 Reapplication also is necessary after heavy rains that can wash the Surround
 coating off plants.  Most other insecticides, and fungicides such as sulfur
 and lime-sulfur, can be mixed with Surround.
     Studies have shown that Surround At Home is effective in suppressing a
 range of insect pests on a variety of plants:
 
     *     Flea beetles, cucumber beetles and bean beetles on some vegetables
     *     Japanese beetles and leafhoppers on cane berries and blueberries,
           and blueberry maggot on blueberries
     *     Pear psylla, rust mites, thrips, leafhoppers, and early codling moth
           on pears
     *     Plum curculio, leafhoppers, leaf rollers and early codling moths on
           apples
 
     Home gardeners can purchase Surround At Home from Gardens Alive! by
 visiting the company's web site at http://www.gardensalive.com, by calling
 812-537-8650 or at the Gardens Alive! retail store in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
 
     Engelhard Corporation is a surface and materials science company that
 develops technologies to improve customers' products and processes.  A Fortune
 500 company, Engelhard is a world-leading provider of technologies for
 environmental, process, appearance and performance applications.
 
 SOURCE  Engelhard Corporation