Here is a video about a groundbreaking effort to manufacture insect pheromones needed for eco-friendly pest controls through biosynthesis, such as by “brewing” pheromones with genetically modified yeast. Compared to traditional chemical synthesis processes, putting microscopic yeast “cell factories” to work will slash costs and reduce waste. This video was posted on YouTube by Denmark based Olefine project. ISCA Global is a partner in this important project.
Naturally occurring pheromones control targeted agriculture and disease vector insect pests by manipulating their behavior, such as by preventing them from mating. Pheromones do not harm non-targetted species and are not prone to resistance.
ISCA’s global reach extends into the La Libertad region of northwest Peru, where asparagus and blueberry growers use ISCA’s Noctovi to control Noctuid moths species. Earlier this year, ISCA business development specialists Joey Palomera and Marco Chacon and our partners at Agro Cultiva and Agten met up with growers in the scenic valleys to help them protect their crops from hungry caterpillars. Here are some of their photographs:
Researchers from the University of Florida sprayed the leaves of infected orange trees with the antibiotic oxytetracycline over six-months as recommended by the manufacturers and found no difference in the progression of citrus greening disease compared to trees that were sprayed with just water. Areawide Spraying of Antibiotics: is it worth the risk? To learn about this problem, click here to read the New York Times article by
Check out this dispatch from forests of the Midwest USA by Agenor Mafra-Neto, ISCA’s CEO and President:
Siren, Wisconsin, 16th of July, 2019.
Today the Slow the Spread Program Gypsy Moth (STS-GM) finished its annual aerial application of SPLAT GM-O to suppress mating of this pest over the eleven states where the population is expanding. ISCA Technologies’ organic, long-lasting, biodegradable sex pheromone formulation controls gypsy moth populations by suppressing mating. Yellow airplanes have been spreading SPLAT GM-O across thousands of acres of forests and wooded areas where this benign biodegradable formulation is deposited as small points. These point sources will emit for months a synthetic pheromone plume emulating those that are emitted by virgin female gypsy moths attempting to attract mates.
The natural world is a complicated place, populated by millions of species of plants and animals.
So just how do male and female insects of the same species find each other for mating in a jungle abuzz with thousands of species? Similarly, how do plants attract the right pollinators? How do mosquitoes know where to lay their eggs? The answer is semiochemicals: the naturally occurring compounds that plants and animals produce to elicit desired behaviors from other organisms.
ISCA’s bee pollination enhancement technology was honored as a success story of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The program provides grants to small businesses to fund new innovations.
Developed under grant support from the U.S. Department Agriculture, APIS Bloom focuses bees toward the desired crop areas.
Today U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made “rural broadband for e-connectivity” a top infrastructure priority for America’s farms.
“Precision agriculture technologies are growing in popularity for their ability to improve farm management decisions, for increasing production and reducing input costs,”
With spring fast coming, raspberry and other bramble crops in California and the southeastern states have begun the crucial blossoming phase. What happens next depends on honey bees.
And they got a lot of work to do. A single raspberry is really dozens of separate tiny pieces of fruit called drupelets, each in need of pollination.
ISCA Technologies is now manufacturing two great, eco-friendly products to manage and control the bark beetles that kill pine and spruce trees that had been developed by Contech Enterprises of Delta, Canada.
We are marketing these products under their original names: Pine Beetle Repellent Verbenone Pouch and Douglas-Fir and Spruce Beetle Repellent MCH Bubble Cap.
These products deploy beetle pheromones that essentially trick beetles into believing that treated trees are already colonized, and thus too crowded for newcomers.