Koppert has won the first prize in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology for its biological solution, Mirical. The award, which focuses on innovations in the fruit and vegetable supply chain, was presented in Berlin on 9 February. According to Tim Bossinga, product manager at Koppert, innovation is at the heart of their DNA and a result of their continuous product development.
In addition to being a generalist pest predator with a preference for greenhouse whitefly and other moths, Mirical also feeds on two-spotted spider mites, aphids, and leaf miner larvae. The product was launched in France last year.
Koppert’s innovation is replacing plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard. The cardboard strips form a “natural habitat” for Mirical beneficial bugs and enable them to “hide and better distribute themselves during transportation,” protecting them from clumping and improving bug distribution in the crop. This aims to improve performance and whitefly control. The cardboard strips are also fully compostable, labor-saving, easy to locate, and reduce clumping while improving bug distribution in the crop.
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