I have been trying to get the frozen wheatgrass people to acknowledge the fact that the myceal mold from sprouted wheatgrass berries is not harmful. MMI Pathology Laboratories in Georgia, U.S.A., rans tests several years ago on the topical mold ocurring in the trays of wheatgrass that is grown certified and state inspected. (See attached report). Here in Florida this is our 6th year producing. Our product is not at all pathengenic (harmful) to humans. You are what you eat and freeze dried or frozen wheatgrass juice will never replace the power of fresh and since we drink the sprouted grass and not the berry. We grow a premium product. If you have candy bars, barbituates, antibiotics, boooze, cancer, you will purge from fresh wheatgrass every time. With frozen, you will not de-tox that way because we grow a fresh crop every week not every 200 days and freeze it.
MMI Plant Pathology Report
183 Paradise Blvd., Suite 108
Athens, GA 30607
MMI Plant Pathology Report
Name: Drelich Nursery
Address: 19235 Lake Peckett Rd.
Orlando, FL 32820
Host Plant: wheat grass (Agropyron sp.)
MMI Set #: 81311
Date Sample Received: 6/12/98
Report Date: 6/12/98
Pathologist: Dr. Richard Woodward --- Woodward Pathology, Inc.
Please note: Results reported here are based on material submitted to MMI for analysis. All pathology evaluations are subject to the normal limitations of laboratory accuracy. No other warranty is expressed or implied by MMI and its employees or associates. MMI is liable only for the purchase price of the services rendered. Failure to recover a microorganism from a sample does not establish the field or commodity represented by that sample to be free of that organism. MMI and its employees and associates do not recommend use of specific chemicals and only list chemicals (if applicable) that are reported as useful in the literature. Be certain any chemical you use is approved for your crop under the conditions in which you intend to use the chemical. Check with your extension agent and/or chemical supplier for suitability of use under your growing conditions before using any chemical on your crop.
SYMPTOMS: Mycelial growth on media surface
I. FUNGUS TEST RESULTS (1): Probable slime mold (surface mycelial growth)
Rhizopus sp. (surface mycelial growth)
Pythium sp. (slight infection, scattered seedlings)
DIAGNOSIS: A probable slime mold was identified on the media surface of the wheat grass flat. The profuse growth over the entire flat and numerous sporangiophores can be characteristic of slime molds. Slime molds may grow at a very fast rate and cover entire surfaces, but slime molds are not pathogenic. Slime molds use the plants for support but do not penetrate the tissue. The profuse growth observed on the flat was easily removed from the seeds, lower stems, and roots of the plants. No penetration of plant tissue was observed. Slime molds are favored by wet environments and feed on dead organic matter. Rhizopus sp. also was identified in the surface growth. Rhizopus is a ubiquitous fungus that grows profusely in high humidity environments. Rhizopus generally is only a problem in storage rot situations, and the fungus has not been reported to be pathogenic on wheat seedlings.
Pythium sp. was observed in the root tissue of selected seedlings. The Pythium infection appeared slight and was confined to discrete root sections of smaller seedlings. No pathogenic fungi were identified on the majority of the seedlings.