Sero-X is designed to manage pests in a wide variety of crops – while avoiding some of the environmental issues faced by synthetic pesticides.
Behaviour modifying compounds such as Sero-X have a short persistence in the crop and environment. As a result the impact on beneficial insects and non target fauna is far less than normal synthetic insecticide sprays. Sero-X will have great environmental benefits to the agricultural industry.
Sero-X has the potential to be organically registered. This will be of huge benefit to the Organic Food industry that currently have few options for reliable pest control.
The crop-protection industry provides insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides to help growers provide a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply. Without these synthetic pesticides or pest control products, nearly 50% of the world’s harvests would be lost to insects, weeds, and diseases.
Synthetic insecticides have been used over the last 50 years to control insect pests. Heavy use of these insecticides has exerted a strong selection pressure on individual insect populations and in many instances this has led to increased insect resistance to the insecticides.
Another modern pest control approach involves incorporating insecticidal proteins genetically in crops such as cotton and maize. Genes from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are now widely used in cotton and maize crops around the world to control moth larvae. The introduction of Bt transgenic crops, has led to an increase in the presence of pests that are unaffected by the Bt toxin in the transgenic plants. While the overall dependency on topically applied pesticide has been reduced, these pests still require the use of some synthetic insecticides to control them.