New beneficial nematodes in capsules from e-nema and Katz Biotech

How the new formulation of beneficial nematodes in capsules looks - photo copyright of Katz Biotech

Biotech companies e-nema GmbH and Katz Biotech AG have collaborated to develop a new, innovative formulation of an existing product for biological pest control – beneficial nematodes in capsules which offer long-lasting efficacy against sciarid gnats and are ideal for preventative treatments, available from spring 2021.

Beneficial nematodes are a well-established solution for pest control, and can be used by commercial growers and also consumers in the home and garden sector.

The current formulation powder is dissolved in water and applied as a curative treatment to substrate or soil. The Nematodes are immediately active and kill the larvae of fungus gnats within a few days.

Contrary to the current formulation, which is based on a clay formulation, the new formulation nemaplus® depot is a preventative mode of action. Capsules are introduced into substrate/soil, then nematodes leave the capsules over an extended period of time, therefore giving long term protection. The slow-release of the capsules make this method ideal for preventative treatment against fungus gnats.

Sabrina Sieger, Senior Sales Manager at e-nema GmbH and Dr. Peter Katz, Board Member of Biotech AG commented, “We are delighted to jointly introduce this new and innovative biological product. The encapsulated Nematodes will be available for use in home and garden in spring 2021 and later in the year to commercial growers via both e-nema and Katz.”

e-nema GmbH is a global leader in manufacturing of entomopathogenic nematodes for biocontrol. Katz Biotech AG produces and distributes a comprehensive range of beneficial insects with a strong emphasis on developing further innovative products and processes for biological and integrated plant protection.

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