MEALIKIL ® PLUS is a unique biological insecticide based on a selected strain of naturally-occurring entomopathogenic fungus Verticillium lecanii (NCIM 1312 ) that infects and kills mealy bugs and sucking insects like thrips, jassids , aphids, white flies and mites. Fungi usually need higher humidity to multiply and pathogensie the Mealy bugs. In dry spells, these fungi cannot multiply. Thus normal formulations of these biopesticides are less effective in management of Mealy bugs. MEALIKIL ® PLUS contains spores and mycelial fragments and metabolites of Verticillium lecanii which work under high humidity -low temperature and low humidity- high temperature conditions. It is formulated as Powder with CFU count of 1 X 10 ^ 8 / g. MEALIKIL ® PLUS is approved for use in Organic agriculture. The strain of MEALIKIL ® PLUS (Verticillium lecanii) is owned by Agri Life..
Mode of Action
Conidial penetration : The microscopic conidial spores of the fungus are slimy and attach to the cuticle of the insect. Hyphae from the germinating spores are produced that penetrate the insect’s integument and destroy the internal contents of the insect.
Enzyme & Metabolite action : MEALIKIL ® Plus mycelia produces toxins which have insecticidal properties. These toxins weaken the hosts immune system (of insect) and aid in eventually killing it. MEALIKIL ® PLUS is developed by a unique process wherein metabolites of Verticillium lecanii are extracted and added back to the spores and formulated. Thus metabolites work effectively in high temperature and low humidity conditions and spores multiply and work in high humidity and low temperature conditions .
Growth : Once inside, MEALIKIL ® PLUS replicates and consumes the insects' internal contents eventually killing it. The fungus eventually grows out of the insect’s cuticle and starts sporulating. Infected insects appear as white to yellowish cottony particles. MEALIKIL ® PLUS infects the insect on contact and does not need to be consumed by the host to cause infection.
Environment factors : MEALIKIL ® PLUS is developed by a unique process wherein metabolites of Verticillium lecanii are extracted and added back to the spores and formulated. Thus metabolites work effectively in high temperature and low humidity conditions and spores multiply and work in high humidity and low temperature conditions.
Method of Application
Foliar spray : Mix MEALIKIL ® PLIS @ 5 g / L of water and spray for control of target pests like mealy bugs and sucking insects . The spray volume depends upon the crop canopy.
Mealy bugs, Thrips, Jassids, Aphids, White flies and Mites.
MEALIKIL ® is suitable for application on Papaya , Grape , Guava , Custard apple , Sapota ( Chikoo ) , Chillies , Cotton , Sorghum ,Cereals , Millets , Pulses, Oilseeds, Fibre Crops , Sugar Crops , Forage Crops , Plantation crops , Vegetables, Fruits, Spices , Flowers , Medicinal crops , Aromatic Crops , Orchards and Ornamentals.
MEALIKIL ® PLUS is stable for a period of 12 months from the date of manufacturing.