OHP, Inc., a marketer of crop protection tools for the production ornamentals market, has had a busy week.
On February 21, OHP announced a new partnership with Vestaron Corp. a Kalamazoo, MI-based biotechnology company that specializes in the development of safe and effective bioinsecticides derived from naturally-occurring peptides.
Under the terms of the agreement, OHP will market Spear-O, a greenhouse bioinsecticide that controls thrips, whiteflies, and spider mites.
“We are excited to bring Spear-O to the market as another tool for the greenhouse ornamental grower,” says Dan Stahl, OHP Vice President and General Manager. “Whether a grower relies on conventional or a biological insecticide approach or a combination of the two, Spear-O is a great choice.”
“We are very enthusiastic about partnering with OHP to commercialize this product,” says Vestaron CEO John Sorenson. “OHP has a strong reputation in this segment of the market and we expect the relationship to be a very fruitful one.”
Spear-O should be used in the same manner as other insect and mite control products, says Dr. Carlos Bográn, OHP Technical Manager.
“Growers are accustomed to treating regularly for insect and mite control. We recommend that Spear-O be used as part of a pest management program utilizing different products with dissimilar modes of action,” says Bográn.
Spear-O is a toxin-derived bioinsecticide that provides effective pest control without harming honey bees, fish, birds, humans, and other mammals.
“It’s the first time that a venom-peptide has been developed for use as a bioinsecticide,” says Bográn, who notes that with a dual mode of action, resistance to the bioinsecticide is unlikely to develop.
OHP launches Applause Ovicide/Miticide
Later in the week, OHP also announced the introduction of Applause Ovicide/Miticide to its portfolio of new tools and proven solutions for the production ornamentals market.
With one application, Applause (clofentezine) provides long-term control of eggs and immature stages of two-spotted spider mites and other mites such as Pacific, European red, and yellow spider mites.
When used as part of a mite control strategy, Applause offers 30 days and beyond of prevention and control. Applause has demonstrated excellent plant safety, making it an ideal tool for greenhouse and nursery growers.
“We’re very excited to bring Applause to the ornamentals market,” says Stahl. “It is a great fit with our other miticides such as ShuttleO, Floramite, and Sirocco.”
As an effective ovicide, Applause should be used early in the cycle as the first product of a miticide rotation program. OHP recommends Applause be applied at the first signs of spider mites or egg laying activity, or when conditions favor quick reproduction, to prevent outbreaks in affected crops, says Bográn.
A suspension concentrate formulation, Applause carries a 12-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI) and CAUTION signal word.