OHP has announced the introduction of Ancora Microbial Insecticide to its portfolio of OHP biosolutions.
Ancora is a naturally-occurring fungus that infects both foliar and soil-dwelling pests such as whiteflies, thrips, aphids, leafminers, spider mites, grubs, and other pests.
The product is the latest of several additions to the OHP biosolutions segment of new tools and proven solutions for the greenhouse and nursery including vegetables and herbs production.
“Ancora is a great addition to our OHP biosolutions products, aimed at growers who are using not only conventional, but other means of pest control,” said Dan Stahl, OHP vice president and general manager. “It is a great rotational tool for an insect and mite control program, whether biological or conventional. We anticipate commercial sales the end of May 2017.”
Because the active ingredient consists of a highly-virulent and effective strain of fungus (Isaria fumosorosea Apopka 97 strain), Ancora provides fast broad-spectrum activity on both foliar and soil insects in the greenhouse, nursery, and landscape markets.
Dr. Carlos Bográn, OHP manager of technical services, notes the formulation contains blastospores which provide faster germination and kill than resting spores of other fungal products.
“When Ancora is applied, the blastospores attach and germinate on the insect or mite cuticle, followed by penetration which causes death within one-to-three days,” said Bográn.
Bográn notes Ancora should be used at the first sign of pest infestations for optimal results and in a rotation with products from different classes with different modes of action.
Ancora carries a 4-hour Restricted Entry Interval (REI) and Caution signal word.
OHP, Inc. is a marketer of pest control solutions for the greenhouse and nursery market. More information on OHP biosolutions and Ancora may be found at ohp.com.