In the present climate of the environment and public health preservation, reducing or avoiding the use of insecticides to control insect pests is a major challenge for researchers in the field. New plant protection strategies are based on an ever-increasing knowledge of insect biology, their behaviour and ecosystems.
The proposed invention is based on the innovative use of volatile molecules to reduce the presence of insect pests by disrupting their courtship ritual and copulation (at low concentrations). At higher concentrations, these molecules can have a repellent or even lethal effect. The target insects of this invention are: the Drosophila melanogaster, responsible for the acid rot of the vine, and the Drosophila suzukii, which attacks the fruits and thus destroys the crops of the market gardeners. However, this control strategy can also be extended to other types of insects: for example, certain mosquitoes, which are vectors of serious diseases for humans.
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Proof of concept validated at the laboratory scale (TRL 3)
Laboratory "Perception Sensorielle & Interactions Glie/Neurones"
"Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l’Alimentation" - Dijon (France)
Patent application in progress
Co-development with a company
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