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New formulation improves Koppert’s nematodes

New formulation improves Koppert’s nematodes
Innovation

Koppert Biological Systems, has developed a gel formulation for its nematode range. A formation that will increase the shelf life of these highly effective biocontrol organisms, and ensures that no visible residue is left on the leaves or fruit of the crop.

Nematodes have been relied upon in horticultural crops for many years. The strength of the nematodes is that pest insects cannot build any resistance against them. That means that they are a very stable factor with regards to crop control.

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.

The fact that there’s no visible residue, is another major advantage for the end-user, because the new formula, dissolved in water, is a transparent solution. The former clay medium left a whitish film on the final product, which was affecting the economic value of ornamental crops especially.

Processing this medium is also much easier. The gel dissolves easily and homogeneously in water, contrary to the clay which sometimes lumped together.

Correct application is crucial for the effectiveness of this biological solution. That’s why Koppert released a new ‘how to use’ video. Click here to watch the video.

 

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The growers’ guide to biological crop protection

The growers’ guide to biological crop protection

Knowing and recognizing – The growers’ guide to biological crop protection – now revised, expanded, and illustrated to give you a comprehensive overview of the most prevalent pests and diseases and ways of controlling them.

Knowing and recognizing does exactly what it implies. It empowers you with knowledge about the pest’s lifecycle and its many phases, as well as giving you the ability to recognize the pest or disease you are up against by means of detailed illustrations and close-up photographs. The knowledge gained will equip you to find the best sustainable solutions.

First published 25 years ago and revised in 2003, the latest edition comprises 443 pages, 700 photographs, and dozens of illustrations of the most prevalent pests, diseases and their natural enemies.

This book provides the reader with the necessary information to understand the interaction between pests, diseases and their natural enemies. It explains how they spread in the crop, the damage they can cause, and specific behavioural characteristics. 

Koppert - A knowledge company
The use of biological control is not a simple process, it has become a complex system in which many aspects need to be considered. The need for knowledge has been recognized by Koppert Biological Systems for over 50 years.

Recent scientific discoveries concerning beneficial microorganisms have led to new practical solutions for growers. This updated edition of Knowing and recognizing also includes new biopesticides and biostimulants that increase the plant’s resilience to stress and help the plant to grow better and remain healthier.

Koppert believes that sharing this knowledge can play an important role towards achieving 100% sustainable horticulture and agriculture, while working in partnership with nature.

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Koppert improves biological control of thrips

Koppert improves biological control of thrips

A blueprint for successful thrips control

A newly patented sachet for the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii, now makes it possible to combat thrips infestations more efficiently than ever. Developed by Koppert Biological Systems, the Ulti-Mite Swirski breeding system is strongly resistant to both low and high levels of humidity, making the system more robust.

Trials prove it’s twice as effective
Extensive research by the leading biocontrol company has resulted in a sachet that creates a better environment for the predatory mite to build up its population. The sachet is narrower and slightly longer and gives the mites the very best conditions to develop even more swiftly and strongly. Ulti-Mite Swirski can therefore perform up to twice as well as other products based on this predatory mite under sub-optimal conditions.

‘Amblyseius swirskii was a great success from the moment it was brought onto the market in 2005. It quickly rose to number one at Koppert in the list of the most frequently produced beneficials,’ says Product Manager, Tim Bossinga. ‘The more robust system, Ulti-Mite Swirski, provides even greater security for growers as a beneficial they can rely on every day.’

Fully compostable
The sachet is made of a newly-developed foil that forms to the required industrial compostable standards. The sachets can therefore be disposed of together with the crop waste when it is taken to a composting plant. In addition, Koppert has reinforced the hook, from which it can be attached, to make it even more robust.

Ulti-Mite Swirski is available from week 25 and is being brought onto the market alongside the existing products Swirski-Mite, Swirski-Mite Plus, and Swirski-Mite LD. These products are used to prevent and combat thrips and also white fly infestations in numerous crops.

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Natupol Excel Hive Drives Efficient Pollination

Natupol Excel Hive Drives Efficient Pollination

THIS IS NOT JUST A BUMBLEBEE, THIS IS NATUPOL EXCEL

The new Natupol Excel hive has features which make it the best-suited hive for difficult pollination conditions, e.g. high temperatures, high flower numbers, or low light levels.

- The hive has a larger volume of sugar water and houses a bigger colony, increasing its pollination capacity.

- Modified ventilation openings ensure the hive has the edge during hotter times of the year, particularly in greenhouses. These openings are now screened, so any unwanted visitors, e.g. wasps, cannot enter through the ventilation holes.

- The Natupol Excel hive also incorporates varying reflective cues around the entrance, to help the bumblebees relocate their own hive, when returning to the nest, meaning fewer bumblebees being lost in the crop, resulting in more effective pollination.

Company profile

Koppert Biological Systems produces sustainable cultivation solutions for food crops and ornamental plants. Together with growers and in partnership with nature, we work to make agriculture and horticulture healthier, safer, more productive and resilient. We achieve this by using natural enemies to combat pest infestations, bumblebees for natural pollination, and biostimulants that support and strengthen the crops both above and underground. Restoring and protecting vital ecosystems in a natural way is the basis for healthy crops and a balanced environment.

Add our quality know-how and consultancy services to this and you will understand why an increasing number of growers regards us as a partner with whom they can realize their ambitions.

 

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