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lithos micro dispenser®


Sprayed application of volatile substances

Our patented lithos micro dispenser® technology enables volatile substances such as pheromones to be sprayed This technology makes mating disruption possible in arable farming while also making the process scalable and affordable. Biological pest control using pheromones has already become indispensable in many orchards and vineyards. In arable farming, the practical implementation of mating disruption has so far failed due to the high cost of deploying and collecting the various dispensers. However, following several years of research, we have found a method of implementing effective mating disruption efficiently and economically on large arable fields in the future – and in a natural way.

Slow release effect

Thanks to spray application, the future-driven idea of pheromone-based pest control is now viable in arable farming. The core technology is provided by the volcanic mineral lithos natural zeolite® which is special suited as a substrate to bind specific liquid substances and release them continuously over a longer period of time. As a result, any pheromone in the pherolit® series can now be sprayed onto fields of crops easily and quickly to form a long-lasting cloud of scent that effectively confuses the specific insect and prevent them from spreading.

Spraying pheromones

instead of deploying attractant dispensers

The volcanic natural mineral zeolite (lithos natural zeolite®) has a special lattice structure with a huge inside surface area. The process patented by Lithos Crop Protect involves applying pherolit® to the substrate, which releases it using a unique slow-release function. The substrate enables targeted control of the way the active ingredient is released. Zeolite is already used in many places as a proven plant and soil additive, it does not form any harmful residues, and even has a positive effect. The zeolite powder is prepared using a special grinding process, and thanks to its particle size, can be sprayed using standard field sprayers, straddle tractors, aircraft or drones. More natural products based on the unique lithos natural zeolite® for agriculture can be found at: Lithos Natural GmbH.

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