Flipper is a biopesticide extracted/sythesized during the production of extra-virgin olive oil by AlphaBio Control an anglo-italian company with research headquarters at St.John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge (UK) and commercial office in Reggio Emilia (IT). While the biopesticide was launched in 2017, it appears to be gaining ground in its use in agriculture, in 2019 a distribution agreement was made with Bayer. The AlphaBio Control distribution agreement with Bayer is for most countries worldwide for use in agricultural and non-agricultural application. See Hortcom theme ‘No Chemicals’.
Flipper is a contact pesticide that proivides effective and long-lasting control against all stages of the life-cycle of leaf-sucking insects, including whiteflies, aphids, thrips and mites, scale insects and Psylla. Should Flipper prove successful in helping create Xyella free corridors in olive groves by killing the leaf-hopper vectors, it will be a pleasant victory for the trees that produce the olives!
The substance is selective and does not harm bees and beneficial insects, other invertebrates, birds and mammals. It is applied as an emulsion in water that quickly kills these insects by disrupting feeding and cell functions. It is exempt from MRL limitations (EU Maximum Residue Levels) even after repeat applications, and requires no specific intervals prior to the harvesting of edible produce. It has been approved for a number of specific horticultural crops including ornamentals. See EU rules on pesticide residues in food. Check with your national advisory organization.
According to AlphaBio Control, the performance of Flipper will impact perfectly within their sustainability motto of People, Planet and Profitability. Co-founder and Chief executive Iain Fleming and co-founder and research director Dr. Alfeo Vecchi will continue to enjoy their olive oil.