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Protection of crops from soil pests using an innovative Attract-and-Kill strategy (ATTRACT)

Project participants:

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Anant Patel
AG Verfahrenstechnik und Alternative Kraftstoffe
FH Bielefeld

Prof. Dr. Stefan Vidal
Abteilung Agrarentomologie
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Trifolio-M GmbH
Vertreten durch Dr. Hubertus Kleeberg und Dr. Edmund Hummel
35633 Lahnau

Project support:

Bundeslandwirtschaftsministerium (BMELV)

Duration:

01.02.2013 – 31.10.2016

Various insect larvae (e.g. Ampedus sanguineus, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, Otiorhynchus ovatus) can cause significant losses in various crops (potato, corn, strawberry).  Controlling these pests using soil insecticides is linked to significant limitations or is only permitted after attaining special permits. The aim of the project is to develop a new combat strategy, which is suitable for both conventional as well as ecological crops.

This plant protection product is based on CO2-emitting components as an attracting agent (“Attract”) and anenvironmentally friendly insecticide to kill the larvae (“Kill”).  Using this Attract-and-Kill strategy, the pests are kept away from the host plants.

This allows the minimization of plant protection usage, which contributes to the protection of the environment, as well as the health of the user and consumers.

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