Category: News
Date published: January 15, 2024

Mirical - Revolutionary packaging simplifies application and maximizes whitefly control

Easier to apply, exacter to dose, better and faster pest control. Koppert's proven and trusted biological solution for the control of whiteflyMirical – is now available in revolutionary new packaging. First introduced in France, the new and improved Mirical is lauded by growers for its improved performance and ease of use, with some growers reporting a reduction in application time of 50%.

The predatory bug Macrolophus pygmaeus (Mirical) is now stronger and better able to establish and develop itself in the crop. Driven by extensive research and development, the new solution makes full use of the bugs’ predatory behaviours to control whitefly in a number of greenhouse vegetables. And true to Koppert's commitment to sustainable agriculture, the new packaging reduces plastic use by 99%.

Revolutionary release system

Previously packaged in plastic bottles, Mirical (Macrolophus pygmaeus) is now available in a tray containing corrugated cardboard strips. These revolutionary strips serve as a natural habitat for the Mirical bugs as well as a highly efficient release system, making it easier to use. The cardboard strips are fully compostable, and the protective seal is recyclable, resulting in much less waste.

Mirical comes in sets of ten strips carrying the predatory bugs. These strips can easily be distributed by hanging them over the stalk of a fully-grown leaf at the top of the plant. From there, Mirical will spread throughout the crop, where they establish themselves faster.

The cardboard corrugations provide a shelter for the predatory bugs, enabling them to ‘hide’ and better distribute themselves during transportation. As a result, the predatory bugs are protected during transportation and arrive at their destination in optimal condition. The packaging also reduces clumping and improves the distribution of the bugs in the crop.

Easier to apply and exacter to dose, the new and improved solution results in a faster population buildup in the crop and better pest control. A welcome bonus: the strips provide a clear visual indicator of where Mirical has been introduced.

Generalist predator 

Mirical is a generalist predator with a preference for greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), eggs and caterpillars 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.).

Mirical's new packaging will be supplied in selected countries in exclusive availabilities.

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