Real Metarhizium anisopliae 62
Real Metarhizium anisopliae 62 is an insect-killing fungus that occurs naturally in the soil. Targets aphids without killing the aphid predators or parasitoids. Certain waxy aphids may require the addition of a wetting agent to assist adhesion of the Metarhizium 62 to the aphid’s body.
Real Metarhizium 62 is formulated as pure spores in vegetable oil as well as a total fermented product. Regular use of Real Metarhizium 62 reduces excessive use of pesticides and helps manage chemical resistance. It is easily applied with conventional spray equipment and can be tank mixed with fungicides and insecticides.
Real Metarhizium 62 is a ‘contact’ biopesticide and application methods are critical to its success. Applying the EPF with too much water volume, will allow the biopesticide to ‘run-off’ the canopy without leaving an effective dose on the pest, which is in the canopy.
Upon coming into contact with the insect host, the EPF spore will germinate and proceed to enter the host, where it multiplies in the haemocoel of the insect, killing it. Death will occur within 2 to 4 days, depending on the temperature and susceptibility and size of the pest.
Real Metarhizium 62 has been tested against many common beneficial parasitoids and predators without harm. This makes Real Metarhizium 62 a powerful tool for conservation of these essential biological control agents. The contact action of Real Metarhizium 62 is therefore complemented with the flying parasitoids and predators which can ‘mop up’ pests that were not contacted by Real Metarhizium 62.
Real Metarhizium 62 is currently undergoing registration in a number of countries. It will have the following application rates once registered.
Application rate and shelf life
Spores in vegetable oil
- 200 ml per hectare.
- 12 months from date of manufacture in the original unopened container stored in a cool dry place (15 – 20° C).
Contact Real IPM for more information.