Plant parasitic nematodes are a serious issue in agriculture as it affects productivity and yield of crops. This results in crop loss worth millions of dollars annually. Agrochemical is used heavily to control plant disease. However, the use of these expensive and toxic chemical can lead to contamination and potentially increase the resistance of pest. Biopesticides are biological or biologically-derived agents, usually applied in a similar manner as a chemical pesticide, but are generally more environmentally friendly.
This technology uses a fungus strain (Duddingtonia flagrans) which is effective in a natural condition and has proved its high nematophagous activity. It is effective and safe to be used in agriculture for improving soil fertility and control of parasitic nematodes of plants. The tech partner has developed a quick and safe method of production using the fungi strain to obtain the anti-nematodes bioproduct.
This technology uses a predacious fungi which are a natural antagonist and rivals of pests for the protection of plants and animals from parasitic nematodes. The effectiveness of this bioproduct against nematodes is 86% in plants and 93-100% in animals.
The bioproduct is non-toxic and do not contain any residue of pesticides, minimizing health hazards for users. It can help to increase soil fertility and alleviates environmental and water pollution. The efficiency is preserved for as long as three years.
This technology will also help to increases yield and stimulates the growth of plants. After a year of treatment in young plants of pine infected with nematodes and root rot, it exceeds the control group by 50% in growth and has a more developed root system.
This technology can be used for the treatment of nematodes in agriculture produces such as potatoes, carrots, cucumber, tomato, strawberries, other vegetables and even flowers. It can be used for weak and infected plants for growth stimulation.
This technology can also be used for treating of helminthes in animals (horses, deer), root-knot (Meloidogyne), cyst (Heterodera) and stem (Anguillulina) nematodes. The effect this technology can last for 3 years, making it highly economical.
The tech partner is interested in joint collaboration for a different application of the product. This includes the obtainment of the dry form in media (expanded vermiculite), to allow refinement for particular purposes.
The market of bioproducts for agriculture is steadily growing, with more farmers around the globe switching to eco-production. The global pesticide industry is expected to reach an estimated $81.1 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2016. The major drivers of growth for this market are increasing population, limited availability of arable land, and increasing awareness of using pesticides ( Lucintel).
The benefits of this technology are as followed: