Significant improvements have been made in both the quality and performance of Mirical – Koppert’s biological solution for destructive whitefly in a number of greenhouse vegetables. Thanks to a number of innovations, the ferocious predatory bug Macrolophus pygmaeus (Mirical) is now stronger and better able to establish and develop itself in the crop:
- Improved whitefly control
- Easy to apply
- Exacter to dose
- 99% less plastic
99% reduction of plastic
Changing the packaging of Mirical bugs has not only resulted in better performance, it also makes this product fully compostable (except for the protective seal that can be recycled). Previously available in plastic bottles, Mirical (Macrolophus pygmaeus) is now provided on compostable corrugated cardboard strips in cardboard tray making Mirical a more sustainable product than ever, reducing the amount of plastic with 99%.
Release system and packaging in one
Each tray of Mirical contains ten strips carrying the predatory bugs, which disperse when they are hung in the crop. The strips can easily be distributed in the plants by hanging the cardboard strip over the stalk of a fully-grown leaf at the top of the plant. Both strips and tray are compostable, making it a totally sustainable product with no wastage.
Better protection during transport
The strips are made of material that provides a natural habitat for the predatory bugs, so that they can ‘hide’ in the cardboard corrugations and better distribute themselves during transportation. This reduces the risk of clumping and better protects the predatory bugs, allowing them to arrive at their destination in optimal condition.
Easy to use
The strips make it easier to apply and exacter to dose in the crop. All resulting in a faster population buildup in the crop and thus a significant improvement of controlling the pest. Besides that not package remains after introducing the product into the crop. Much easier and much sustainable!
Mirical is a generalist predator with a preference for greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), eggs and larvae of tomato leaf miner moth (Tuta absoluta) and other moths. They also feed on two spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae), aphids and leaf miner larvae (Liriomyza spp.).