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About Us

Our Story

The Crop Capsule Company is the developer of an innovative biological control process that allows growers of broad acre crops to reduce their use of insecticides.

Our company specialises in the rapid, targeted, mass distribution of beneficial parasitic wasps , proven to suppress damaging pest populations in cotton, corn, and canola.

A unique capsule containment system houses and protects a population of beneficial insects.

An aircraft mounted precision applicator, evenly spreads capsules at between 1 – 3 per Ha quickly throughout the crop.

Beneficial insects hatch and emerge from within the capsules and begin to seek out the pest species beginning to take hold in the crop.

The beneficial insects gradually suppress and control the pests through a mix of predation and parasitism.

Our product enables growers to adopt a more sustainable and integrated solution for managing damaging insect pest populations

What We Do

At The Crop Capsules Company, we are committed to providing growers with innovative and sustainable solutions for crop protection. We specialize in the targeted, mass distribution of beneficial wasps, which are used to suppress damaging insect pests in cotton, corn, and canola.

Our unique containment and rapid delivery system enables us to introduce breeding populations of wasps into crops quickly and efficiently. Our Crop Capsules house a mix of immature and emerging wasps, which allows us to develop a sound population of beneficials that can suppress growing damaging insect pests populations during critical phases of crop development.

Our product enables growers to adopt a sustainable and integrated solution for managing damaging Silverleaf Whitefly populations. Unlike other beneficial insect release programs, Crop Capsules has developed a fast, wide-reaching, and accurate delivery system.

Our Crop Capsules system offers a number of benefits to growers, including:

  • Reduced chemical use
  • No potential for drift and off-target application
  • Rapid application
  • Natural and season-long protection
  • A “biological investment” in crop protection that grows week-after-week when looked after

Our Team

Adam Perkins

Adam Perkins

Team Manager at Crop Capsules

Adam has had a 20-plus year career in the food and agribusiness sector working locally and internationally. He’s passionate about the commercialisation of biological solutions to help improve the quality, sustainability and yield of farmers crops.

Olivia Bange

Olivia Bange

Biologist Agronomist

Olivia is a recent graduate from The University of Queensland. Working alongside agronomists, researchers and growers, she develops and implements practical ways to reduce the reliance on insecticides. Olivia has a keen interest in marketing, and the communication and extension of her research activities into beneficial insects.
Sophie Gulliver

Sophie Gulliver

Agricultural Scientist and Ecologist

Sophie’s passion for minimising the impact of modern agriculture on our natural environment has led her to a 10+ year career specialising in biological pest control solutions for local and international farmers. She is consistently endeavouring to reconcile ecological idealism with the realism of practical modern agriculture.

F.A.Q

Is there a Biosecurity threat to using introduced insect species to fight pests?
No. Beneficial parasitic wasps used by Crop Capsules have been extensively researched and tested by local and international authorities.

Crop Capsules are active members in two of the leading international industry associations, the IOBC and the IBMA. Members are held to the highest standards for product quality and efficacy. Insectaries rearing beneficial insects for spreading using our capsule system are affiliated with the worlds largest commercial insectary, BioBest N.V.

We take great care to ensure that insects housed within our capsules are free of disease, and are fit, healthy and fertile.

Can Crop Capsules wasps bite or sting humans?
No. Adult wasps that emerge from our capsules are typically smaller than a grain of sand and require a magnifying glass to see properly.

Newly emerged wasps focus exclusively on breeding, feeding and parasitising target pest populations.

Could this be another “Cane Toad” incident waiting to happen?
No. Wasps used in the capsules have been exhaustively studied for any adverse effects on native fauna and flora as well as their near-exclusive selectivity for a damaging host pest species. All of the insect species we use are considered by ecologists to be endemic, and can be found “naturally” in agricultural landscapes after establishing themselves decades ago.
How does parasitism work?

Parasitic wasps are successful at suppressing populations of their host pest because

  • They reach sexual maturity faster than their host.
  • They generally carry a higher egg load than their female pest counterpart.
  • They deposit eggs into the host pest in a shorter time than the reproductive rate of the pest.

Introduced parasitism causes a growing pest insect population to slow, plateau and then fall with each successive beneficial parasitoid generation.

Are the capsules bad for the environment?

No. Crop Capsules are made entirely from renewable material. They do not contain any hydro-carbon based plastic compounds. When capsules start to breakdown, they do not generate damaging, long-lasting “micro-plastics”. Crop Capsules has worked closely with one of the world’s largest producers of agricultural bioplastics, Novamont to develop a biodegradable and compostable material that meets or exceeds European standard UNI EN 13432.

For more information go to novamont.com

How do I know it’s going to work?

Take a look! Most forms of pest insect parasitism are visible.
 In cotton the presence of the beneficial parasitoid, E hayati can be seen on the underside of leaves usually lower down in the canopy. Industry has developed a set of useful guides including a smart phone app and a Decision Support Tool to assess whether the extent of parasitism will hold a silverleaf whitefly population in check.

In Canola, parasitised aphids are clearly evident as bronze coloured “mummies” on stalks and racemes. The GRDC and entomology outfit CESAR offer advice on current and estimated % parasitism levels through the crop cycle.

How do you fit 500 wasps in a capsule.

Special technology adopted from the food and pharmaceutical sectors allows us to gently convey, fill and count individual insect larvae in a delicate yet highly efficient manufacturing environment.

Our capsules are compostable

Designed and manufactured in Australia

Applied using light aircraft