In ornamental crops the use of integrated or 100% biological control becomes more and more important. Very strict regulation on chemical plant protection products puts a ban on their use. Moreover, in several ornamental crops, growers experience that biological control (of a particular pest) actually goes far beyond chemical control. For example, the use of predatory mites against spider mites in chrysanthemum being far more effective than the use of chemical pesticides. The benefits of biological control are increasingly stimulating growers to start and build up their own experience with the method.
Pests in ornamental crops
In recent years we have build up a lot of experience with biological control in ornamental cultivation, such as biological control of spider mites, thrips, aphids and white fly. Differences in different crops have been recognized. Some biological control agents have a clear preference for particular crops and are less active in other crops. This may be related to characteristics of the crop or to specific conditions during the cultivation.
In several crops, growers come across with pests they have never suffered from before. A few examples: mealybugs in rose, gerbera, orchids, potted plants; armoured scale in rose and orchid; soft scale in gerbera and rose ........... In these situations our specific products, targeting exactly these specific pests will turn out to be a very useful within the biocontrol program as a whole. Interest of ornamental growers in our specific products is increasing, in the Netherlands but also in other countries where we supply our products. Building up your own experience in your own crop under your own conditions is very important! We can always help in making the right choices for the best products to use, how to introduce them, numbers, frequency and so on............
Opportunities in practice
On our website there are several specific products available for biocontrol of mealybug, soft scale, armoured scale as well as a more recent pest like Echinothrips or japanese thrips. If you are interested in our products and their opportunities in your particular crop we are happy to help you with a proper advise. Please contact us via the contact button above.