Pheromones poised to play key role in Integrated Pest Management
The move towards pesticide-free pest control has been underway for decades in response to the overuse and abuse of pesticides. Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which stems back to the 1970s, is an approach increasingly embraced by growers, agrochemical companies and regulators.
IPM uses a whole array of methods to prevent and manage pest problems. These include crop rotation, intercropping and a combination of biological, physical and chemical methods. Pheromone-based mating disruption is seen as a key element of IPM. The attractiveness of pheromones lies both in their truly sustainable mode of action as well as in their proven effectiveness against major pests.
The adoption of IPM has, hitherto, been slow. After all it is easier to spray pesticides and plant genetically modified (GM) seeds than having to develop better crop husbandry – that is, until the onset of widespread insecticide resistance and the de-registration of many insecticides.
Current Crop Protection Solution
- Affordable treatment
- Convenient application
- Effective Mode of Action (Kill)
- Non sustainable solution
- High Insect Resistance
IPM with Mating Disruption:
- Affordable treatment using BioPhero’s technology
- Convenient application (sprayable)
- Effective Mode of Action (Confuse)
- Sustainable solution
- No Insect Resistance