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Koppert improves biological control of thrips
19 June 2017
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.’
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.