Summary of the technology
New Fungi to Control Plant Mites and Powdery Mildew
Project ID : 8-2006-1341
Description of the technology
Naturally occurring, unmodified biopesticides
Agriculture, Pest Control / Herbicides, Biological Pest Control, Cleantech
Successful field demonstrations on cucumber, grapes and citrus
WO 03/062403 – Granted Patents in Europe and Australia , US and IL . Patent applications pending in Brazil
Global market for biopesticides projected to increase 130-300% over next 10 years. Global market for fungal microbials $128 million.
HighlightsNaturally occurring, unmodified fungi as biological pesticides
- No associated health or environmental problems
- Trials demonstrate control of citrus mites and grape powdery mildew, resulting in better quality and yields
- Environment-friendly alternative to chemical pesticides
Several new fungus species have been collected in the wild and are being cultured and tested as biological pesticides against various plant mites (Acari) and fungi pathogenic to plants.
Scanning electron micrographs of Meirageulakonigiiand Meiraargovae.
(a) Sporulationof Meirageulakonigiion a mite.
(b) Detail of acropetallyformed chain of blastoconidiaof Meirageulakonigiion a mite.
(c) Sporulationof Meiraargovaeon a mite.
(d) Detail of acropetallyformed chain of blastoconidiaof Meiraargovaeon a mite.
- Efficacy demonstrated against a number of plant mites and pathogens
- Field trial on grapes and citrus showed efficacy comparable with chemical pesticides
- Toxicological tests performed
- Fermentation trials undertaken
- Demonstration of efficacy against additional pest mites and plant pathogens
- Study of mode of action
- Study of sensitivity to commonly-used pesticides
- Further upscaling of fungal cultures (by fermentation) for mass production
Rust and other plant mites damage citrus, pears, and other commercial crops such as tomatoes.
Powdery mildews affect vegetable crops (such as cucumbers), fruit trees, grapes and other crops, including ornamental plants and flowers.