A technology that prevents excessive use of insecticides in greenhouse applications

A Turkish company active in research of nano materials has developed an innovative solution where the insecticides are loaded on natural nanotubes that are inlaid into greenhouse cover films and released in a controlled manner, just enough to prevent insect propagation. The company is looking for licensing and financial agreements.
Insects, herbs, and fungus have been addressed as the most important hazards in the agricultural sector. Since these species may cause up to 30-40% loss in product loss per annum, crop protection chemicals, pesticides; have the largest market share between agricultural products and are reported to be growing in the long term if environment friendly, sustainable products won't penetrate into the market. However, it is already known that in traditional pesticide applications only 0.1% of the pesticides used reach the target pests, while the rest is accumulated in soil and crops. This accumulated pesticide damages the environment, animal and human health. EU regulations within crop protection includes the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is compulsory in EU since 2014. In general IPM is defined as the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the increase of pest populations and keep PPPs (Plant Production Product) and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. To decrease the total insecticide amount used per acre and overcome the major risks related to insecticide use to reduce the health related issues of conventional insecticides, the Turkish company offers an innovative solution with an alternative formulation, where the insecticides are loaded on natural nanotubes that are inlaid into greenhouse cover films and released in a controlled manner. The active ingredient, the insecticide; is loaded into naturally occurring nanotubes in clay, transformed into a powder formulation, and finally extruded into polymeric greenhouse films. This powder formulation containing films then release the active ingredient slowly in a rate that is just enough to repel insects. This way, the toxic compound does not touch the crop product or the soil directly, and the excessive use of insecticides is prevented without losing fertile soil. As a result, the total consumed pesticide amount can be decreased by around 99%. The accumulated pesticide amount over crops and soil could be decreased to the level of permitted maximum residue levels. In addition to that, greenhouse workers don't have to be exposed to pesticides and cropland owners don't have to store hazardous insecticides in their workplaces and production fields anymore. Once the insecticides are integrated into nanotube- containing Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) films, the films sustain the release of active ingredient for at least 60 days, depending on the number of LLDPE layers and the concentration of loaded insecticide. The developed powder formulation containing LLDPE films can also be stored on the shelves for one year within vacuumed covers. The amount and the type of the insecticide or the combination of insecticides may be adjusted to exhibit the desired final properties according to the needs of the farmers depending on region and season. The company is looking for partners active in polymer film production and greenhouse owners to co-develop and furthermore adopting the product through licensing agreement. The company is also looking for investment to increase the production capacity. They are open for financial and equity sharing agreements.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
* In scope of licensing agreements the company is looking for -Large or SME sized greenhouse film producers who will integrate this technology to their existing products -Greenhouse owners(fruit, vegetable, horticulture products) / horticulture to demonstrate the technology within pilot trials for co-developing the product In scope of financial agreements the company is looking for - Potential investors to invest in the company by holding some shares.
Stage of Development: 
Available for demonstration
IPR Status: 
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
Comments Regarding IPR Status: 
The PCT filing has been made.
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