DiPel® is a biological insecticide from Valent BioSciences (VBC) containing the naturally occurring microorganism Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki (Btk). For the manufacture of DiPel®, VBC selected a proprietary, high yielding Btk strain (ABTS-351).
Globally, DiPel® has become a cornerstone insecticide in many IPM programs as it offers high quality, cost-effective, broad-spectrum caterpillar control on more than 200 crops, including not only bananas, pineapples, oil palm and sugar cane, but also vegetables, fruits, nuts, vines, cotton, and corn.
The active ingredient in DiPel® consists of an optimized blend of four potent Bt protein toxins and a spore. Many other Bt strains lack the volume and balance of Bt toxin proteins that DiPel® delivers. DiPel® toxins have distinct modes of action unlike chemical insecticides, providing a perfect tool for insect pest control programs which employ tank mix or rotation for insecticide resistance management. Always read and follow label directions.