Koppert’ s new war with whitefly and thrips

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Koppert Biological Systems is raising the biological control of thrips and whitefly to a higher level with the new predatory mite Amblydromalus limonicus. The company has devoted over ten years of efforts to this new product. The predatory mite excels in terms of gluttony and reproductive capacity.

Koppert is also launching a new product under the name Swirski-Mite LD. This product is based on the existing Swirski-Mite Plus product. It contains the same predatory mite with the same unique characteristics but supplied in a sachet that releases new mites in larger numbers over a longer period of time.

LD stands for Long Duration. Koppert intends Amblydromalus limonicus (see picture) to be used alongside the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii (Swirski-Mite) and the new product Swirski-Mite LD. In Koppert’s vision, Amblyseius swirskii is the basic natural enemy for thrips and whitefly. If the level of infestation

becomes too high, Amblydromalus limonicus forms the solution. The first deliveries of Swirski-Mite LD are planned for December and those of A. limonicus are scheduled for January 2012. These products will reinforce the biological system and will offer growers even greater confidence.