Imaflex Developing Novel Agricultural Film to Prevent Citrus Greening
MONTREAL, May 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Imaflex Inc. (“Imaflex” or the
“Corporation”) is pleased to announce the development of a new
agriculture mulch film to prevent citrus greening, a bacterial disease
that has been damaging and destroying citrus crops throughout the
United States and other citrus growing nations. The film was developed
in consultation with the University of Florida (UFL-IFAS), who sought
out Imaflex for developing a non-chemical solution for citrus greening.
The solution developed by Imaflex is a novel metalized film, designed
to be reflective and durable over several growing seasons, in order to
protect young citrus trees from the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), the
insect spreading the bacterial disease Huanglongbing HLB, which causes
Field trials started two years ago, performed by UFL-IFAS, utilizing
Imaflex’s metalized film, demonstrated a notable reduction in citrus
greening by deterring ACP from landing on the trees by UV light
reflection. Furthermore, after only one year of testing, citrus
plantations testing Imaflex’s new metalized film reported a reduction
of HLB infestation by at least 60% compared to bare ground, bare ground
covered with standard mulch film and surprisingly also compared to bare
ground drenched with highly effective insecticides. Data from these
field trials have recently been presented by Professor Philip A.
Stansly and Scott D. Croxton, both at UFL-SWFREC at the Florida
Entomological Society, the Entomological Society of America and the 3(rd) International HLB conferences.
“We are very encouraged with these interim field trial results being
generated on citrus crops with our new metalized mulch film. The data
presented to date is even more impressive, when you consider that our
film, an environmentally sound non-chemical solution, has outperformed
all common chemical solutions that have been tried,” commented Joe
Abbandonato, President & CEO of Imaflex. “We believe that our
agricultural films will make a strong contribution to our growth going
forward, fueled in large part through innovative new products and
applications, such as our metalized film for citrus growers.”
Imaflex develops and offers a variety of advanced pest and weed
controlling films customized for horticultural production under its
major brands: Shine N’ Ripe® and Can-Shield®.
SOURCE Imaflex Inc.