Natupol Sprint®, the fastest, most effective pollination in berries

Koppert’s bumblebees work very hard from the moment they are introduced to achieve a fast, homogeneous setting.

Faster and better. This is how Natupol Sprint® works: Koppert’s new bumblebee hive, which is particularly indicated for the hottest months. The completely revolutionary design of the hive’s nest, with an exclusive breeding system that contains the right proportion of bumblebees in different development stages, obtains surprising results, never seen before in pollination at high temperatures.

The Natupol Sprint® bumblebees start working hard from the moment the hive has been placed in the crop and they maintain a constant work rate for 3-4 weeks. Consequently, they visit more flowers in less time and they achieve a fast, uniform pollination that is translated into a generalised setting and in the forming of fruit with a homogeneous calibre.

Natupol Sprint® is the result of a demanding production process, specially designed to ensure that the bumblebees are at the perfect moment of their life cycle when they reach the fields. “We recommend planning prior to making orders and avoiding storage, to ensure that they reach the end client with all their properties,” explains Gonzalo García, sales delegate at Koppert in Western Spain.

Berry Congress

Koppert will present its new hive at the International Berry Fruit Congress in Huelva from the 22nd to the 23rd of June. On its stand, it will also display its biological control solutions for controlling pests and diseases on berries. The company manages around 1,500 ha of red berries with biological control and it has protocols that have widely shown their efficacy on the three main crops and their most common pests. Amongst their solutions are the following: Citripar(A.pseudococci) for controlling mealy bugs on blueberries; parasitic wasps for fighting aphids on strawberries, raspberries and blueberries (Aphipar –A. colemani– or Aphidend –Aphidoletesaphidimyza-, amongst others) or Spical (Neoseiuluscalifornicus) against red spider mites on raspberries or strawberries.

Koppert is researching new auxiliary solutions against C. fragaefolii, the new strawberry aphid for which “we already have several candidate parasitic wasps;” and S. aurantii, a pest in quarantine on blueberries that Swirskii Ultimite (A.swirskii) is managing to keep under control. Likewise, “we are carrying out field trials to find solutions for different diseases.”

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