Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




"No visible residue with new nematode formulation"

Koppert Biological Systems has developed a gel formulation for its nematode range that will increase the shelf life of these highly effective biocontrol organisms, and ensure that no visible residue is left on the leaves or fruit of the crop. The product improvement and new packaging was launched at the International Floriculture Trade Fair in Vijfhuijzen on Wednesday.

After a long trajectory of research and development, the company is replacing its clay matrix (in which the nematodes remain in a dormant state until released) with a gel formulation which significantly lengthens the shelf life by a number of weeks (up to 16 weeks in some cases). ‘This is because nematodes use less energy during their hibernation in the gel formulation. When used on time, they are more energetic to do the job they were made for,’ Product Manager at Koppert, Tim Bossinga, explains.



Product launch at IFTF
Nematodes – microscopic worms that penetrate and kill a wide range of pest insects - are increasingly used for the biological control of vine weevils, sciarid flies, thrips, mushroom flies, shore flies, asparagus beetles, leatherjackets and a host of other pests. They are ideal for use in a growing number of important ornamental and food crops, as well as in public recreational areas, parks and sports grounds where chemical agents have been banned. 

‘The launch of the gel formulation is an ideal moment to underline the importance of this product group within a successful integrated pest management system,’ says Bossinga. ‘The fair gives us the opportunity to tell growers about the benefits of nematodes and how to handle and prepare these beneficial organisms for the best results.’ The Koppert stand (C 1.08) at the IFTF will be manned by consultants who are ready to tell growers how to prepare the nematodes which are suspended in the gel formulation. ‘We have brought out a special flyer with ten ‘golden rules’ for preparing nematode products as the nematode product support and information has also been reviewed. Good reason to visit the Koppert stand!’ Bossinga adds.
 
For more information:
Koppert Biological Systems
info@koppert.com
www.koppert.com

Publication date: 11/8/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

1/18/2018 "Fruit Fly Attractant the best luring substance to combat Drosophila suzukii"
1/17/2018 Germany: Plant protection for herbs in the winter
1/17/2018 Developments in copper fungicides
1/16/2018 Hungarian university discovers copper-resistant biopesticide
1/16/2018 Ghana: Tomatoes plagued by mysterious disease
1/15/2018 UGA Extension faculty present on pesticide safety in Vietnam
1/12/2018 Health Canada proposes some neonic restrictions
1/12/2018 Spain: Progress in research on plant protection hormone
1/12/2018 "Prevention is the best way to manage greenhouse weeds"
1/10/2018 "Biological products won’t replace conventional crop protection"
1/9/2018 Germany: Bayer inaugurates new greenhouse for insecticide research
1/8/2018 US: Mexican fruit fly quarantine in portion of San Diego County
1/8/2018 US: Agricultural Worker Protection Standard revised
1/8/2018 Guam: Funding secured to protect tomato plants
1/3/2018 US: Whiteflies threaten Georgia crops
1/2/2018 BioProtection Association expands global footprint, elects new president
12/22/2017 "UK needs ‘coherent’ long-term plan for IPM"
12/22/2017 "Greater biosecurity harmonisation will help protect nursery industry"
12/21/2017 UK: New plant protection product approved for use in record time
12/21/2017 US (CA): Medfly quarantine in portion of San Mateo County