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A new bioinsecticide available from NAD

FLiPPER is a highly effective broad-spectrum contact insecticide/acaricide to control whitefly, aphids, and spider mites on protected crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries.



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21 June 2018

FLiPPER is an innovative bioinsecticide that successfully controls a broad spectrum of insect and mite pests – including whitefly, aphids, and spider mites on protected crops of cucumber, strawberry and tomato – and is now available from NAD.

FLIPPER’s unique leaf-washing action also minimises the extent of any damage caused by these pests, such as honeydew or sooty mould. It’s a quick and fast-acting spray treatment that can be easily integrated into your pest management programme.

The active ingredient in FLiPPER is distilled off following the process used to make extra virgin olive oil, so it comes from a natural and sustainable source. It’s compatible with beneficial insects and pollinators, and is also an effective resistance management tool for growers looking to reduce their use of conventional pesticides.

FLiPPER is a flexible bioinsecticide, as it can be used at any stage of the crop’s lifecycle. It leaves no chemical residues and there is no harvest interval. Tests involving FLiPPER have also found that it not only treats the cause of damage to crops by killing the pests, but that it can limit their impact by preventing honeydews and black sooty moulds spreading to the fruit.

Why use FLiPPER?

  • Delivers broad spectrum control of foliar pests.
  • Compatible with beneficial insects and pollinators.
  • Leaves no residues – and no harvest intervals.
  • Active ingredient comes from natural and sustainable sources.
  • Controls multiple life stages of key pests.

FLiPPER targets a broad spectrum of pests including Glasshouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), Tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), Woolly whitefly (Aleurothrixus floccosus), Peach potato aphid (Myzus persicae), Potato aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae), Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) and Cotton or melon aphid (Aphis gossypii). FLiPPER trials have shown activity against thrips, mealybug, and leafhopper, as well as psyllids and scale insects but experience is limited and control cannot be guaranteed.

The above mentioned foliar pests can cause significant crop damage. If left untreated, they can cause secondary damage through the excretion of honeydew. This can cause sooty mould to develop on the plant, which reduces photosynthesis. Many of these pests can also transmit other diseases, including viruses, while feeding on the plant, so pose a further danger to crops.

How does FLiPPER work?

FLiPPER is effective at all stages of an insect’s lifecycle. FLiPPER kills pests swiftly through its physical mode of action. Death is by suffocation and usually takes place over a period of 24 hours. Repeat applications will have no effect on MRLs as FLiPPER leaves no residue and has a zero harvest interval.

A natural and sustainable choice

What makes FLiPPER different from conventional insecticides is that it comes from a natural and sustainable source: extra-virgin olive oil. The active ingredient at the heart of this bioinsecticide is extracted during the olive oil production process. It then undergoes a series of distillations to isolate mainly unsaturated carboxylic acids (C14-C20). These have been optimised to create a product that gives effective control of foliar pests. The natural provenance of FLiPPER’s ingredients leaves no chemical residue and as a result has zero harvest interval.

How to prepare and apply FLiPPER

  • FLiPPER can be applied through boom or power sprayers, as well as handheld equipment, like knapsack sprayers.
  • Thoroughly wash and clean the spray tank before adding FLiPPER.
  • If foaming occurs when mixing the product, an anti-foam agent can be added.
  • The maximum individual dose is 16 litres of product per hectare, with a maximum concentrate of 1.6 litres per 100 litres of water.
  • Recommended application rate 1-1.6 litres per 100 litres water.
  • Ensure full crop coverage for best results. • Do not store diluted product, apply prepared spray immediately.

Getting the best results

  • Consider using the maximum concentration rate (1.6l per 100l water) for improved control of spider mites on smaller crops, like strawberries.
  • Best results using FLiPPER are achieved during warm, fast drying conditions. An ideal time for spraying crops is early in the morning to allow the plants to dry as temperatures rise.
  • Avoid spraying during high temperature, to reduce the risk of crops scorch.
  • FLiPPER is less effective if used at low temperatures (below 10ºC).
  • Ideally mix FLiPPER with soft water or collected rainwater. If you have hard water, see the technical notes for advice on preparing the product to achieve the best results.
  • FLiPPER is physically compatible with a wide range of formulated products, so you can tank mix it with other pesticides (see the technical notes for more guidance).

Storage Tips

To ensure FLiPPER remains effective and provides long-lasting protection, here are some simple tips for storing the product correctly:

  • Store FLiPPER in its original container at an ambient temperature in a dry place.
  • If it’s stored below 10ºC, crystallisation may occur. But this doesn’t damage FLiPPER and the crystallisation will disappear when the product is warmed up.
  • Use prepared sprays straightaway and don’t store diluted product.
  • FLiPPER has a shelf life of over two years

For more information on FLiPPER and pricing contact NAD by clicking here.

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