ViVUS Max Product Label Download PDF


Insect target

Helicoverpa (formerly Heliothis) insects Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa punctigera larvae (common names include cotton bollworm, corn earworm and tomato fruit worm)

Registered crops Cereal grains, Lucerne, Oilseed, Potatoes, Pulses, Cotton, Sweet corn, Berry fruit, Brassica vegetables, Celery, Cucurbits, Fruiting vegetables, Leafy vegetables, Legume vegetables, Ornamental flowers and plants, Pome fruit

Pack sizes 1L, 5L

ViVUS Max is a highly effective natural baculovirus-based biological control.

Used either as a classical insecticide to target economic populations of Helicoverpa, or applied when crops first become attractive to caterpillars, ViVUS introduces a baculovirus that specifically targets Helicoverpa.

Depending on the crop, ViVUS generally works best when used as part of a grower’s pest control regime. It reduces the overall costs of pest control by enhancing the natural defence mechanisms against Helicoverpa.

The baculovirus multiplies and spreads through the Helicoverpa population—generally lasting for the duration of the crop. ViVUS continuously suppresses the pest without causing flare-ups in other insect populations, and provides substantial reductions in damage caused by sub-threshold damage from Helicoverpa larvae.

The product contains the nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) of Helicoverpa armigera.

The ViVUS Max formulation has a virus concentration 2.5x greater than other commercially available NPV products. For the farmer, this means lower use rates and reduced packaging and storage requirements.

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefit
Higher concentration formulationLower rates; reduced packaging and storage
More potent native isolateImproved field performance
Produced using Helicoverpa armigeraBetter performance against the key Australian pest
Highly specific to Helicoverpa and HeliothisNo impact on beneficial species
Targeted control of Helicoverpa and HeliothisIdeal for Integrated Pest Management
No residuesNil withholding period
Naturally occurring biological insecticideSafe to the environment

Key points on performance

  • Excellent spray coverage critical to achieve good results
  • Larvae must ingest the virus to become infected
  • Apply during warm conditions (25-35°C) when larvae are actively feeding
  • Peak control at 4 to 9 days after application (faster in warm conditions)
  • Provides between 60 to 90% control depending on coverage, environmental conditions and size of larvae

Technical information