pherolit® gives receptive pests a run-around
The importance of pheromones for crop protection was recognized as early as the 1930s. However, intensive research in the field of insect attractants was still several decades away. In the meantime, the use of pheromones in fruit farming and viticulture has proven to be an effective method of pest control. Pheromones have become indispensable, especially on organic farms. In arable farming, on the other hand, this method was previously inconceivable. The personnel and financial expenditure for the even distribution and collection of the product containers, the so-called dispensers, was always too great.
Spraying pheromones instead of using attractant dispensers.
What is pherolit®-d?
Many insects predominantly use scent language in their communication, and so too does the corn rootworm. To attract their mating partner, the female beetle produces sex pheromones and releases them as soon as it is ready for mating. If the chemical communication of the pair of beetles is simulated in the laboratory, synthetically produced messenger substances with the same effect are generated.
By the way, their low application rate also speaks for the use of synthetic sex pheromones in plant protection. Even the smallest amounts are sufficient to envelop a corn field in a cloud of sexual pheromones and thus confuse the males.
Lithos Crop Protect GmbH is working intensively on the EU and worldwide approval of pherolit®-d. In the course of these efforts, a large number of studies, including toxicological studies, have been carried out to date.
With the approved, target-specific pheromone pherolit® as the basic active ingredient, Lithos Crop Protect GmbH is developing an effective, biologically safe and practical solution to controlling Diabrotica v.v. in maize cultures in a sustained and secure manner.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No #880432