I’ll Never Find Another You: Provivi’s Protecting Crops by Confusing Pests in Their Search for Romance
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … (O)ne of the topics under discussion was 40 percent or higher maize crop losses now being experienced in Africa because of the Fall Anyworm pest. The losses are causing up to 10 percent GDP drop in some countries because of the importance of maize production in these national economies.
It’s a catastrophe in the making and a real test for some of the bioeconomy’s emerging technologies. Because a 10 percent drop in GDP in a matter of a season or two — that’s not entirely dissimilar to the downdraft impact of the Great Depression. So it’s an economic issue, a food issue, a grower issue, and a feedstock issue for those who use corn for other uses.
How can this be happening in 2018? The worm is particularly dangerous because it attacks corn at all phases of the crop cycle.
Why aren’t there solutions being deployed? Generally, the cures are so cost-intensive that they destroy money faster than the worm, it is more affordable to do nothing than to do something. A lot is at risk.
Along comes Provivi, which we have profiled before, and we like to think of them as a sort of anti-eHarmony technology for pests. Pests spread their woe by mating like crazy, and Provivi aggressively disrupts the mating process. READ MORE