Sustainable Pesticide Combination to Control Pathogens in Agriculture
Cluster11 Green multi-hurdle pesticides to control pathogeens in agriculture Project ID : 8-2016-4271
Summary of the technology
Green multi-hurdle pesticides to control pathogeens in agriculture
Project ID : 8-2016-4271
Description of the technology
Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, Pesticides
Current development stage
TRL3 Experimental proof of concept
The question of how to feed the worlds growing population is becoming increasingly important. By 2050, the population of the world is set to rise to 9 billion people and current food production rates will need to double in order to fulfill the increased demand. One way to deal with this issue is through developing novel approaches to manage pests.
A novel green pesticide has been developed, based on a multi-hurdle approach to combat phytopathogens, using Pectobacterium as a model pathogen and potato as a model plant.
The multi-hurdle approach is based on combinations of natural antimicrobials from plants that act in different modes, and were shown in the lab to act synergistically against E. Coli. The inventors hypothesized that plant pathogenic bacteria can be effectively controlled by the combined action of plant phenolics and natural emulsifiers, and that by applying the selected green pesticide it shall additionally induce defense in potatoes, adding one more mechanism to the multi-hurdle approach.