What is Heligen®?
What is the active ingredient in Heligen®?
A Natural occurring virus called Helicoverpa NPV nucleopolyhedrovirus
How does Heligen® work?
Heligen® is a suspension of virus particles called Occlusion Bodies (OB’s). When larvae ingest OB’s by eating Heligen® sprayed crops, they become infected with the virus. Using the insect’s own metabolism, the virus replicates itself and invades almost every cell of the insect – causing them to rupture. This releases a virus-laden liquid, which spreads throughout the crop, providing ongoing control of susceptible caterpillars.
What pests does Heligen® control?
Does Heligen® work on larvae populations that have developed resistance to synthetic insecticides?
Is Heligen® harmful to beneficials?
No, Heligen® is a species-specific biological insecticide used to control Corn Earworm and Tobacco Budworm and has no impact on beneficial species. Actually, beneficial species help transmit the virus throughout the ecosystem more quickly, which can result in better coverage and control.
What are the approved crops for Heligen?
Crops include: Sweet Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, Grain Cereal (Corn (maize), popcorn, rice…), Peanuts, Vegetables, Legumes, Alfafa, Cotton, Tobacco, Hemp, Root and Tuber Vegetables, Brassica leafy Vegetables, Leafy Vegetables, Fruiting Vegetables, Legume Vegetables, Cucurbit Vegetables, Berries, Pome Fruit, Ornamental Flowers and Plants, Avocado, Aspargus
What should I expect after application?
What is Heligen®’s PHI or REI?
How much does Heligen® cost?
Is Heligen® compatible with other insecticides?
How should Heligen® be stored?
Ideally, Heligen® should be stored at temperatures below 34°F, however, it can be stored at room temperature (77°F
or less) for up to 6 months and should never be kept in an environment above 86°F. Do NOT leave in direct sunlight for longer than 2 hours or in spray tank for extended periods of time. Unused product can be stored in the original container for future use.
Does Heligen® have any residual activity?
The virus in Heligen® is degraded by ultraviolet light. As a result, the sprayed virus may only be viable for a few days in the crop. However, once the initial population dies, huge quantities of virus will be released. This replicated virus will last for many weeks and will control recurring populations. Applying the virus while larvae are most active (feeding) increases the likelihood of ingesting and ultimately higher levels of control.