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:

4/26/2018 US (MI): 24c label for Spartan 4F on strawberry
4/26/2018 Controlling strawberry fruit rots
4/25/2018 CAN (ON): Sterile insect technique promising against pepper weevil
4/25/2018 Biobest Maroc opens 2000 m2 production facility
4/23/2018 Bring a swirskii army at fighting strength
4/20/2018 US: New biofungicide approved by California
4/19/2018 Preventive learning about pests before experience takes over
4/19/2018 Australia: Vegetable health gets $16M boost
4/19/2018 Rick Antle - A legend in agriculture passes away
4/19/2018 Insect screen - Alternative to chemical control in open field production of carrot and cabbage
4/13/2018 Australia: Also sterile fruit flies enlisted in fruit fly fight
4/11/2018 Spain left on its own in EU plant protection discussions
4/10/2018 Veg IPM Update: Allium leaf miner
4/10/2018 US (CA): Isagro announces EPA registration for Taegro 2 biofungicide
4/5/2018 Solution to prevent blotchy ripening in tomatoes
4/4/2018 Kemin Crop Technologies and Plant Products announce new relationship
4/3/2018 NL: "Growers feel restricted in crop protection"
3/30/2018 UK: Bee survival computer model adopted by industry
3/29/2018 New frontier to protect peppers against European corn borer
3/29/2018 Russia: Infected Egyptian strawberries destroyed in Nizhniy Novgorod