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Euseius species commercially produced at large scale for the first time
EU: Biobest launches new predatory mite strategy in rose
The scientific name of the new predatory mite is Euseius gallicus. The potential of Euseius species as very efficient natural enemies to control thrips and whitefly was already known from earlier research. Now, for the first time, an Euseius species is being commercially produced at large scale. This breakthrough is based on a patented rearing method developed by Biobest.
Marc Mertens, the company’s commercial director, says: “The power of the new Dyna-Mite® strategy for rose growers is based on the combination of the new predatory mite Dyna-Mite® G-System with our Nutrimite™ food supplement. The combination of both allows the establishment of a strong population of predatory mites in the crop, and hence a better control of thrips, whitefly and other pests. The new strategy is more efficient, faster and a lot more reliable than the continuous release of new mites, which is the current standard approach.”
The Dutch ornamentals sector is technologically very advanced. The level of interest in biological control and in the reduction of chemical residues is growing rapidly. Rose growers responded with great enthusiasm to the presentations by Sam Gui, sustainable crop management specialist and Juliette Pijnakker, senior researcher at Biobest. Juliette Pijnakker concludes: “Existing commercial species of predatory mites such as A. swirskii are essentially unable to establish a stable population in rose. During years of research at Wageningen UR Glastuinbouw I became strongly convinced of the unique potential of Euseius. That’s why I am really pleased that I have been able to work with Biobest and Arend-Sosef to take the next steps: large scale demonstration trials and now the actual launchof a commercial product.”
Dyna-Mite® G-System will be commercially available as of January 2014 in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Opportunities in other countries and other crops are being assessed.
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