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Pesticide based on spider venom

Pesticides are a critical part of agriculture and horticulture. You need to control the insects that are threatening your plants without harming those insects which a beneficial.

A new insecticide called Vestaron developed in Michigan, USA, could be the answer, and it all starts with venom from a spider. It took a little over two years to get approval for the new pesticide, and the final product could be available for both commercial growers and hobby gardeners within the next year Biological insecticides have been shown to be much safer than their synthetic counterparts, but have also failed to perform as effectively. Sorenson tells us the synthetic stuff is nearly 100% effective, while biological insecticides tend to fall more in the range of 80%.

Josh Sorenson is the director and CEO of Vestaron Corporation, (he is a former President of Syngenta Biotechnology), and he believes that venom-based pesticides could radically change the larger landscape of agricultural pest control across the U.S. and around the world.



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