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Nanotechnology helps farmers battle increasingly pesticide-resistant weeds, insects with fewer chemicals

| | November 21, 2019
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A University of Toronto graduate school project is now extending the life of widely used crop protection products. Vive Crop Protection’s trademarked Allosperse Delivery System uses nanotechnology to create new application methods for existing biological and conventional crop protection products.

With few fully new chemicals coming to market, making existing products work better is a key way to offer farmers additional ways to control pests, weeds and diseases threatening their crops.

“The active (ingredient) needs to get to the right place at the right time and at the right rate, and the biggest challenge is that it’s all on a very, very small scale, such as getting through the waxy cuticle of a leaf surface, for example,” says co-founder and CEO Darren Anderson.

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Vive developed a nano-scale shuttle — a microscopic web of polymer material – that transports the active ingredient to where it needs to be and keeps it protected until it is deployed. The shuttle mixes well with liquid fertilizer so that farmers can now apply crop protection and fertilizer in a single pass, cutting labor time and fuel costs as well as reducing emissions.

It’s innovation that is needed to help farmers keep on top of pests and diseases, especially with resistance pressure mounting ….

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