BenPol - targeted crop protection from chewing insects

Widespread insecticide use has led to increased resistance developed by pests leading to proliferation of major pests, increased crop losses, subsequent increased insecticide use and a greater risk to humans and ecosystems.  Therefore, there is a need to develop innovations such as exogenous crop protectants that are effective and environmentally friendly.

Researchers at the University of Queensland have developed a BENtonite POLymer formulation that when loaded with dsRNA payloads is easily sprayed onto crop leaf surfaces.

Key features

  • High specificity to targeted chewing pests including Earworm
  • No known negative impacts on the environment or beneficial fauna
  • Protects dsRNA payloads from environmental degradation.

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