Pest control in agriculture usually involves the spraying of crops with insecticides. Despite its effectiveness, the lack of basic information on the location and timed appearance of pests results in the excessive use of chemicals, creating unnecessary environmental burdens and unnecessary costs.
The British Chemical Technology Start-Up PheroSyn has developed new types of insect pheromones for more intelligent and sustainable pest control. The aim is to protect crops, manage pesticides and mitigate climate change.
Pherosyn at the REAP conference in particular presented products for the control of Orange Wheat Blossom Midge (OWBM). Company co-founder and business-manager Daniel Bahia states that “midges use pheromones to communicate and find a partner over long distances. The pheromone is loaded into a slow-release mechanism, located in the prism of a card with a sticky inner surface. By surrounding the crop with only a few of these traps, it is easy to determine whether pest control is necessary. If so, the most efficient time to make the application will be determined».
With the increase in temperature observed in the United Kingdom in recent decades, pest outbreaks have become increasingly unpredictable. “It is vitally important for the manufacturer to have an approach to monitoring”, warns Daniel Bahia.