Biological
Production

Productivity reaches new heights

 

Chemical synthesis of pheromones is a complicated and costly process, making the products largely uneconomical for use in large-scale agriculture. BioPhero’s technology is based on the knowledge that the cells of insects contain all the biological tools required to naturally produce specific pheromones. Through our innovative fermentation process, we’re able to produce pheromones identical to those produced by insects, but at a cost that growers can afford.

We use safe and highly productive yeast cells as production organisms for the pheromones. However, unlike insect cells, these yeast cells – which come from a family of yeast cells widely used in food production – are able to grow in industrial-scale production ‘fermenters’. The result is a yeast-based fermentation process, very similar to brewing beer, that is cost-effective, sustainable and efficient.

The easily optimisable nature of biotechnology means that the cost of production is likely to continue to decrease, making pheromones an even more relevant solution, especially in price-sensitive segments. From start to finish, BioPhero’s production process delivers pheromones at a lower cost than current synthetic chemistry methods, and at a price that enables row-crop applications. Scalable and continually optimised, our process enables the use of pheromones for a range of pests and crop applications.

From start to finish, BioPhero’s production process delivers pheromones at a lower cost than current synthetic chemistry methods, and at a price that enables row-crop applications. Scalable and continually optimised, our process enables the use of pheromones for a range of pests and crop applications.

Pheromone production in a simple single-step fermentation process