Bordeaux method and fungicides

Pierre M. A. MillardetPierre M. A. Millardet

Bordeaux method and fungicides

In 1882, French botanist Pierre M. A. Millardet employed an aqueous solution of copper-sulfate and hydrated lime dissolved in water (Bordeaux mixture) to effectively combat mildew in French vineyards.

The Bordeaux mixture now controls a number of fungi that attack crops. This also marked the first large-scale fungicide use and revolutionized chemical crop protection.

Sprayer equipment from early timesSprayer equipment from early times

Chemical innovations in agricultural fungicides continued with the introduction of dithiocarbamate fungicides in 1934 and strobilurin fungicides in 1996.