NOFLY is formulated with spores of Isaria fumosorosea strain FE 9901. This microorganism is a naturally occurring fungus, which is a geographically widespread and common pathogen of insect pests. NOFLY is used for biological control of whitefly during all life stages of the pest, including eggs, larvae and adults.
Hosts for Isaria fumosorosea include mealy bugs, beetles, caterpillars and flies. The infection cycle of I. fumosorosea is very fast. First symptoms of infection caused by the fungus become apparent within 24 to 48 hours after the conidia got in contact with the insect. Once I. fumosorosea penetrates the host cuticle, fungal multiplication takes place through formation of hypha bodies in the host hemocoel within 24 hours. They mechanically disrupt the host’s internal organs and initiate tissue necrosis resulting in the loss of function.
The mycelium is present on the dorsum of the insect body within 48 hours and sporulation occurs within 72 hours, reaching its maximum within 5 to 7 days.
Isaria fumosorosea is not a plant pathogenic organism and does not produce significant detrimental effects on beneficial insects as bees and bumblebees. The only generated residues from applications of NOFLY are short-lived spores, that should not present any environmental persistence in soil, water or air. These characteristics make this product ideal for Integrated Pest Management Programs.
Crops exposed to different environmental stress situations (drought, heat, cold, salinity) that drastically reduce productivity. FitoMaat® is formulated with glycine betaine, a natural osmoprotectant compound that has been proven to protect a plant's physiological processes when undergoing stress, maintaining growth and production, preventing damage, and aiding in the crop's recovery.
FitoMaat® additionally contains the amino acid proline, which works in synergy with glycine betaine to enhance protection against stress and lengthen the effects of the latter.
FitoMaat® also incorporates antioxidants that aid the plant's cells to detoxify, enhancing the efficiency of its anti-stress, osmoprotectant effects.