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First slow-release bag Amblyseius californicus
04 January 2010
Koppert Biological Systems is the first company to offer Amblyseius californicus in slow-release bags, under the product name of Spical-Plus. Amblyseius californicus is a predatory mite which is very effective against various species of spider mite (two-spotted spider mite, fruit spider mite, citrus red mite and red palm mite) and is additionally effective against several tarsonemid mites.
The advantages of A. californicus in slow-release bags:
• Prolonged release of predatory mites resulting in:
a. savings on labour (compared to manual release)
b. improved preventative capabilities
• Trouble-free application
• Excellent combative action
Because spider mites are often found on the underside of leaves, it can be difficult to spot them in time. This also makes them difficult to reach with chemical crop protection agents. The predatory mite Amblyseius californicus actively searches for the spider mites. The broad range of its diet and its ability to go without food for longer periods of time mean that it can also effectively be used as a preventative measure.
Spical-Plus can be used on a wide variety of crops:
• Vegetable crops: cucumber, aubergine, sweet pepper
• Ornamentals: cut flowers (including roses) and pot plants
• Fruit crops: apples, cherries, citrus fruits, grapes, strawberries
• Date palms