The generalistic predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii is a good protector for growers around the world. "The fact that Swirskii is so popular should not surprise you," says Tim Bossinga. The Product Manager has taken his time to point out what the power of Swirskii actually is. "The predatory mite is extremely effective and resistant to high temperatures. It makes short work of thrips and whitefly and also tackles spider mite and tarsonemid mite." In comparative research in the Netherlands and other countries, Amblyseius swirskii was, and continues to be very effective.
Versatile and reliable
Amblyseius swirskii is not only an effective glutton, it can also be used in many crops and under a great variety of circumstances. In the first instance, it can be used in large fruiting vegetable crops such as bell peppers, cucumber, aubergine, courgette and melon. Swirkii also proves its effectivity in soft fruit crops such as strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, as well as cutflowers and pot plants.
Last but not least, more than two years ago now, Swirski Ulti-Mite was introduced – a sachet with greater resistance to weather conditions such as moisture and drought in outdoor cultivation (although equally effective in greenhouses and tunnels). The fact that the sachet is compostable is a further advantage for users. After use, you can clear away the sachets with the crop.
The robust basis
Koppert now sees attractive opportunities and markets in South America, Asia, and Africa. "Swirskii is versatile and reliable, which makes it a robust basis within integrated plant protection. This is certainly true for growers taking their first steps in biological plant protection. You could say that everything starts with Swirskii."