Cryptex is a granulovirus preparation for the biological control of the false codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta; formerly Cryptophlebia leucotreta).
- Cryptex has been shown to control false codling moth (FCM) larvae on various crops.
- Cryptex is highly compatible in tankmixes.
- Cryptex can easily be integrated in IPM strategies and is suitable for residue free production.
- FCM is a quarantine pest for many export crops such as citrus or avocados. Thus the use of Cryptex in FCM control strategies becomes a key tool to mantain access to export markets allowing to adhere to residue restrictions.
False codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta) is present in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has recently been detected in Israel. This extremely polyphagous caterpillar feeds on fruits, by penetrating them, and can cause significant damage. The high infestation by this pest often leads to dramatic fruit drop and high yield losses. Furthermore the presence of single FCM larvae in shipment lots into export destinations can provoke the ban of future shipments into these markets which cause further high economic losses.