Changing market requirements for this effective biological product to combat a wide range of foliage-feeding pests has prompted Koppert to make it available in bigger quantities. From the 24th of August, the nematode products Capsanem, Entonem and Larvanem are also available in larger packaging.
One large pack contains 10 sachets of 250 million nematodes each. Nematodes have increasingly become a powerful part of IPM solutions together with other beneficial organisms. This has resulted in an increase in the number of growers who find larger packs more convenient. From an environmental perspective these large quantities are also more sustainable as there is less waste when it comes to packaging materials.
An air raid on caterpillars and other foliar pests
Entomopathogenic nematodes measure much less than a millimeter, so cannot be seen with the naked eye. As small as they are, they play an important role in the biological control of many pests, keeping fruits, vegetables and ornamental crops free of pests while minimizing chemical residues. In optimal circumstances it can entirely replace the use of chemicals. Entomopathogenic nematodes are mainly known for the control of pests in the soil such as thrips pupae, and larvae of sciarid flies, vine weevils and several beetles. Research and recent experience however show that nematodes are also very effective on foliage-feeding pests, like caterpillars. A fact that offers many new opportunities for growers to control these pests. For more information have a look at this page.