Heligen

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Insect target

Helicoverpa zea (common names include cotton bollworm, corn earworm and tomato fruitworm) and Heliothis virescens (tobacco budworm)

Registered crops Sorghum, cereal grains, cotton, sweet corn, alfalfa, oilseeds, potatoes, pulses, berry fruit, brassica vegetables, brassica leafy vegetables, celery, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables, leafy vegetables, legume vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, pome fruit.

Pack sizes 1 Gallon

Heligen 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, Heligen introduces a baculovirus that specifically targets Helicoverpa.

Depending on the crop, Heligen 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. Heligen 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 and Helicoverpa zea.

The Heligen 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
Naturally occurring biological insecticide

Safe for people, animals and the environment

Self replicating

Season long control

Novel mode of action

Control caterpillars resistant to chemicals

Highly specific to Helicoverpa and HeliothisNo impact on beneficial species
Targeted control of Helicoverpa and HeliothisIdeal for Integrated Pest Management
No residuesNil withholding period
High concentration formulation

Low application rates and reduced storage requirements

Versatile application options

Can be applied by ground, air or chemigation

Rainfall enhances performance

No need to delay application if rain was expected

Key points on performance

  • Excellent spray coverage critical to achieve good results
  • Larvae must ingest the virus to become infected
  • Apply during warm conditions (77-95°F) 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

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