Sustainability

A world-changing innovation

 

Pheromones produced using BioPhero’s technology will reduce or even replace conventional chemical insecticides in the control of major pests of corn, soybeans, rice, and more. This will positively impact all aspects of society, including human health, the environment, and business.

In terms of health, pheromones are mostly species-specific and therefore do not affect non-target species like bees and natural predators. They have no adverse effect on human health, nor on pollinators or other predators (insects and birds). Chemical pesticides, by contrast, are proven or suspected to negatively influence human health, soil quality, water quality, and biodiversity.

Though maximum residue levels and daily intake limits are defined, and though the list of suspected effects include cancer, birth defects, etc., the causes and long-term effects on human health are not well understood. Full or partial replacement of conventional pesticides with pheromone-based Mating Disruption solutions will help to reduce their detrimental side-effects.

Mating Disruption will also help the agricultural sector increase productivity in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Here’s how:

 

  • Unlike insecticides, insect pheromones are volatile and biodegradable compounds. Mating Disruption will reduce the application of conventional pesticides thereby reducing run-offs of pesticide and residues to rivers, streams, and aquifers.
  • The selective mode of action offered by Mating Disruption allows the preservation of the natural biodiversity in agricultural environments. Though intensive cultivation will remain an issue, the reduced use of broad-spectrum insecticides will result in a more biodiverse environment for birds, insects and other animals.
  • It is a well-known problem in agriculture that the more you spray, the more you have to spray – which is referred to as the “pesticide treadmill”. While insect resistance to traditional methods of crop protection has been rising, there are so far no registered cases of resistance towards Mating Disruption with pheromones. Along with Mating Disruption, the use of beneficial insects – another IPM technology – will also become more widespread once the use of conventional broad-spectrum insecticides is reduced.

Continued expansion of agricultural productivity is a prerequisite for avoiding new agricultural land coming under plough. But to achieve this, effective sustainable pest control solutions are required urgently.