Orius from Koppert: excellent yield with stress


The Trips predatory bug can survive up to 5 days without food and neither cold or heat reduce its fertility

The predatory bug Oriuslaevigatus produced by Koppert and marketed under the brand THRIPOR-L® has been shown to be a real all-rounder in the biological control of Trips, one of the most important pests, and which affects most agricultural crops. The latest quality control trial carried out by Koppert España’s R&D department has confirmed its excellent yield throughout the entire year, both with cold and hot weather conditions and on any type of crops (greenhouse and open air).

The Orius produced by Koppert is very versatile, as it offers a significant capacity to adapt to adverse conditions. The trial confirms the high yield of this predatory bug when under conditions of stress caused by lack of food, high or low temperatures. Consequently, the fertility and predatory capacities of THRIPOR-L® are not decreased by hot or cold weather conditions.

Without food

Additionally, THRIPOR-L® can survive up to five days without food, which shows that the Orius strain produced by Koppert is highly resistant. “Our Orius is so good that it can be used 12 months of the year and on any type of crops, because it offers maximum yield under any circumstances,” José Eduardo Belda, Manager of Koppert España’s R&D department states, recalling that it is specially adapted to the weather conditions prevalent in the Mediterranean region.

The results obtained in the trial endorse the high effectiveness in the fields accumulated over the years by THRIPOR-L®, well known by both technical advisors and producers. Added to its excellent predatory and survival qualities is its versatility, as farmers can use the same type of Orius during any season of the year. In this way, Koppert contributes to making it easier to handle this fundamental natural enemy, using biological control of Trips.

Orius laevigatus is very effective for the biological control of several Trips species (larvae and adults). If there are no Trips, it can also survive by eating aphids, red mite spiders, butterfly eggs and pollen. The adults and nymphs use their mouth parts to pierce the larvae and adult Trips and suck out their contents.


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