Unique technology for rice growers shortlisted for prestigious crop protection award

13th September 2011

Exosect's innovative pheromone technology for Stem Borer in rice is nominated as a finalist for the Agrow Awards.

Winchester – UK - Exosect, a leading provider of Intelligent Pest Management solutions, has announced that its Exosex YSBTab product, has been nominated as a finalist in the ‘Best New Crop Protection Product’ category of the Agrow Awards, to be held in London on November 1st.

The awards ceremony, being held at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in London, aims to reward innovation and excellence and recognise the outstanding achievements of those working in the crop protection and crop production industry.

Exosex YSBTab, a pioneering method of bio-control in rice paddies, has been nominated for the category of ‘Best New Crop Protection Product’ which will recognise the most important new crop protection product of the year. Exosex YSBTab is an innovative mating disruption product for the control of Yellow Stem Borer (Scirpophaga incertulas), a serious pest of rice throughout Southeast and East Asia, China, the Indian continent, and Afghanistan. It attacks rice throughout its growth period causing potentially large reductions in yield.

Current control methods rely heavily on the use of pesticides, often applied by hand, which may be detrimental to the operator, water supplies, beneficial wild life and the environment in general. Exosex YSBTab has been developed in India where it has proven successful not only in controlling the Yellow Stem Borer but in improving the abundance of beneficial insects by 80%, including a dragon fly species which is a natural predator of mosquito larvae.

Martin Brown, Managing Director at Exosect comments, “In developing this product we have shown that innovative technology can be made accessible to small scale farmers in developing regions, to help them grow their crops safely and feed their families.  The threat of food security is most pressing in developing regions, and it is products like Exosex YSBTab that can help to make significant improvements. We are absolutely delighted that this product has been nominated for this prestigious award”.

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* Exosex YSBTab tablet works by attracting male moths to the Entostat™ powder and female pheromone. As the male moths pick up Entostat powder, their pheromone receptors become overloaded with pheromone and they are unable to locate females. A male carrying Entostat™ powder will form a mobile pheromone dispenser, producing “false” pheromone trails, which attract additional males.

Contact between the males ensures that the Entostat™ powder and the confusion effect is automatically passed on, this process is called Auto-Confusion™. The result is a state of sexual confusion amongst the male moth population leading to effective mating disruption. 


For further information please contact: Georgina Donovan at Exosect. 

Tel: 02380 603939 or email: georgina.donovan@exosect.com

Contact us: Send us an enquiry or call +44(0)845 199 5540
Unique technology for rice growers shortlisted for prestigious crop protection award