To develop an artificial habitat system for beneficials, we have to paid attention to three focal points:
For the development of an artificial diet for beneficial organisms, out team focuses on three main points:
- The nutritional components are in sufficient amounts.
- The artificial rearing system, compared to the conventional rearing system (where the beneficial organisms are fed with their natural prey), reduces the costs associated with space and energy requirements.
- The capsule system facilitates the intake of food by beneficial organisms due to a variable and adaptable use of different fluid cores.
The picture presents the inner core of the capsule, surrounded by the primary shell. From the outside, you can see the functional coating, which reduces the drying of the capsule and offers an environmental effect protection.
The beneficial organisms are fed with these liquid core capsules. Our capsule-system has a major benefit – it makes the fluid spreadable!
Due to this effect, the microcapsule can be scattered with the scatter materials in a habitat system. The beneficials can attack their “prey”, the artificial capsule.
The beneficial insect, "Chrysoperla carnea", can penetrate the outer shell with its proboscis. As shown in the picture, the left proboscis in inside the microcapsule. The food intake of the insect is efficient and the damage on the capsule minimal, so that only after repeated penetration of the outer shell, the effect of drying starts.
Beside the beneficial insect "Chrysoperla carnea" the Katz Biotech AG investigates different habitat systems and various methods to offer artificial nutrition’s to all insects of our current product range.