In Berlin, Koppert was awarded first place in the international Fruit Logistica Innovation Award Technology for its release system for ‘Mirica’, a biological solution. The award recognized innovations throughout the fruit and vegetable supply chain. Tim Bossinga, product manager at Koppert, stated that innovation is at the core of the company’s DNA and is a result of their continuous product development.
Koppert has replaced plastic product packaging with corrugated cardboard in an innovative move to improve Mirical’s performance. The corrugated strips form a “natural habitat” for the beneficial bugs, allowing them to hide and better distribute themselves during transportation. This protects predatory bugs during transportation and ensures they arrive in optimal condition at their destination. The packaging also reduces clumping while improving bug distribution, which benefits performance and whitefly control. Furthermore, Koppert claims that the corrugated strips are fully compostable, labor-saving, easy to locate, and more accurately dosed.
Mirical is a generalist pest predator with a preference for greenhouse whitefly, tobacco whitefly, eggs, caterpillars of the tomato leaf miner moth, and other moths. They also feed on two-spotted spider mites, aphids , and leaf miner larvae. The product was launched in France last year. For more information about Koppert and its products visit [www.koppert.com](http://www%3A%2F%2Fkoppert%2Ecom) or contact [Koppertinfo@koppert%2Ecom](mailto:Koppertinfo@koppert\>.com).