Biological control for cabbage looper

Sylvar Technologies Inc, based in New Brunswick, is introducing Loopex FC with a new mode of action to control cabbage looper in field vegetable crops.

 

Cabbage looper can be a very destructive pest arriving in growers’ fields from midsummer to fall. Growers will often combat one to two generations of this pest in a growing season. After the adult moth lays eggs, the hatched larvae begin feeding on the foliage through their five instars during two to three weeks.

 

Loopex is a baculovirus, a naturally occurring virus that is lethal to cabbage looper larvae. It has been selected to infect and kill cabbage looper larvae before they can inflict serious damage on a crop. Loopex FC targets only cabbage looper and is safe on beneficials and pollinators in the crop. The larvae are infected from ingesting the product. The dead larvae are liquefied, releasing more of the lethal infection into the cabbage looper population.

 

Loopex FC provides a unique mode of action as a tank mix or rotational partner as part of a planned insect resistance management (IRM) program. Its formulation is compatible with most insecticide or fungicide products currently utilized by growers.

 

Sylvar Technologies Inc is a member of Andermatt Biocontrol, a leading developer of biological solutions globally. Sylvar is actively developing biological products for insect and disease control in agriculture and forestry markets.

 

For additional information, please contact:

 

SYLVAR Technologies Inc. 1350 Regent Street Fredericton, N.B. 506-444-5609

 

Source:  Sylvar Technologies June 4, 2018 news release

Publish date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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