Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Using Fungi to Biologically Control Plant Mites and Powdery Mildew

Posted by Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew UniversityResponsive · Innovative Products and Technologies · Israel

Summary of the technology

Cluster11
Having Activity Against Pestiferous Mites and their Use in Pest and Disease Control
Plant Protection / Bio-Control
Project ID : 8-2006-1341

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Description of the technology

Categories

Agriculture, Pest Control / Herbicides, Biological Pest Control, Cleantech

Development Stage

Successful field demonstrations on cucumber, grapes and citrus

Highlights

Naturally occurring, unmodified fungi could be acting 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

Our Innovation

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.

Key Features

  • Efficacy demonstrated against a number of plant mites and pathogens
  • Field trial on grapes and citrus showed efficacy comparable with chemical pesticides

Development Milestones

  • 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

The Opportunity

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.

Project manager

Amichai Baron
VP, Head of Business Development, Agritech & Envir

Project researchers

Abraham Sztejnberg
HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences
Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Uri Gerson
HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences
Entomology

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  • Express Licensing
  • Ag
  • Food and Vet-Tech

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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