Exosect presents update on mycoinsecticide delivery project at biocontrol conference

10th November 2010

Dr. Clare Storm presents Exosect’s mycoinsecticide delivery project at the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) annual meeting in Switzerland

Lucerne - 25-October 2010: Exosect’s Lead Scientist, Dr. Clare Storm, provided a long awaited update on one of Exosect’s key research projects at the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) annual meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Details of the project looking at fungal pathogens on grain storage pests were first released by Exosect on 2 August 2010; Dr. Storm’s presentation illustrated the delivery mechanism of Entostat powder and pathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana

“the spores of Beauveria bassiana, are attracted to Entostat powder particles and adhere to the particle surface”, explained Dr. Storm. “When the formulation comes into contact with an insect, the spores detach from the Entostat particle and preferentially adhere to the insect. The inclusion of Entostat actually raises the mean particle size to a safe threshold”

This work is part of an ongoing project funded by the Technology Strategy Board as part of a consortium consisting of CABI*, FERA*, Sylvan Bio* and Connaught Pest Prevention. For more information please see earlier press release.

 

Background information

 

*Beauveria bassiana is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and can act as a parasite on various arthropod species.

 

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For further information please contact: Georgina Donovan at Exosect Ltd. Tel: 02380 603939 or email: georgina.donovan@exosect.com

 

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Exosect presents update on mycoinsecticide delivery project at biocontrol conference