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Steinernema carpocapsae: parasitic nematodes against red palm weevil and palm borer

What is Steinernema carpocapsae?

  • Microscopically small worms of the species Steinernema carpocapsae
  • Contains an insect-killing symbiotic bacterium
  • Effective in a temperature range between 12°C and 30°C

What are the benefits of Steinernema carpocapsae?

  • Preventive protection of palm trees
  • No side effects on beneficials
  • Safe for people and environment

Which pests does Steinernema carpocapsae control?

  • Larvae of the red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)
  • Larvae of the palm borer (Paysandisia archon)

How does it control pests?

  • Infectious juvenile nematodes penetrate the host through natural orifices
  • Once in the body cavity, the symbiotic bacteria are released
  • The symbionts kill the host within 24 to 48 hours
  • The nematodes multiply in the cadaver
  • New infectious nematodes leave the cadaver in search of other pests

In which crops is Steinernema carpocapsae effective?

  • Palm trees, especially of the genera Phoenix and Washingtonia
  • In public green and tree nurseries

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Units

Palma-Life is supplied as a gel formula and is available in the following packaging units:

  • 50 million nematodes
  • 250 million nematodes
  • 2,500 million (10 packages of 250 million)

Local regulations may impose restrictions on the use of this product. Contact your authorities or contact your Biobest consultant.

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