Artefeed

Artefeed Brine shrimp cysts Artemia spp.

Use Artefeed for:

An alternative food source for both the adults and nymphs of the predatory bug Macrolophus pygmaeus

Packaging:

Artefeed is sold in 6 litre buckets containing 2500 grams of Artemia spp. cysts

General information

When to use Artefeed?

Use Artefeed in the beginning of the growing season, when the Macrolophus population needs to establish and develop.

How does Artefeed work?

The cysts (eggs) form an alternative source of food for both adult and nymph-stage Macrolophus pygmaeus in the absence of whitefly. It is therefore possible to build up a population of predatory bugs.

How to use Artefeed

Application Artefeed

  • Introduce Entofood together with the first introduction of Macrolophus pygmaeus, for a period of at least six weeks.
  • Switch to Artefeed after six weeks if desired
  • Distribute Artefeed using a Mini-Airbug* blower on a weekly basis until the Macrolophus population is large enough.
  • Apply Artefeed on the locations in the greenhouse where Macrolophus has been introduced

When switching to Artemia, a different dosage pot must be fitted to the Mini-Airbug.

Precautions: In case of mechanical application inhalation of the product may cause sensitization. A dust mask is recommended as protection for operators and people working near place of application.

Best working conditions Artefeed

To guarantee the best distribution of Artefeed with the Mini-Airbug, follow the steps below:

  • Start from the end of a path and walk/drive towards the central walkway
  • Make sure Artefeed is distributed on top of the crop
  • Hold the Mini-Airbug in such an angle that all material lands on the crop
  • Turn off any ventilators in the greenhouse; they can disturb the airflow of the Mini-Airbug

Handling

Koppert B.V. is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer than recommended and/or under incorrect conditions.

Storage instructions:

  • Allow the bucket to acclimatise in the greenhouse before use, keep the lid closed, in order to prevent condensation and the formation of lumps
  • Storage temperature: 8-25°C
  • Store in a dry place
  • Keep away from the sun
  • If stored with firmly closed lid in a dry and dark place, Artefeed can be stored for several months

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