Funding for spider venom crop protection

A share of £16 million of government R&D funding for agriculture has been assigned to a novel insecticide – featured in the October 2014 issue of The Vegetable Farmer magazine.

The £1 million project led by Arch UK Biocides Limited and carried out in collaboration with the University of Durham, the Food and Research Agency (FERA) and I2LRESEARCH LTD, will receive over £650,000 Agri-Tech Catalyst funding to further develop an environmentally friendly pesticide which is harmless to non-target species including bees. The new insecticide uses naturally occurring peptides, found in spider venom, to produce an orally effective treatment which can be produced commercially…

This post first appeared first on Hort News on 12 January 2015.

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