The AgriCell is a delivery technology that enhances synthetics and enables biologicals. The AgriCell encapsulates, delivers, sustainably-releases the Active Ingredient and then biodegrades in the environment.
AgriCell-synthetics can be stored as a liquid concentrate or dry powder. The technology can be easily water dispersed, with an engineered release profile that is activated upon introduction to the environment. High loading and versatile release distinguish the biodegradable AgriCell technology from market standard micro-plastic and EC formulations.
The AgriCell technology offers a single step production and encapsulation system for biologicals. AgriCell-RNAi studies have demonstrated low cost production and high efficacy performance of RNAi pesticides in field conditions. AgriCell Biologicals are compatible with and complementary to market synthetics, to be deployed in an IPM program.
The AgriCell shields actives from harsh field conditions and enhances their stability in the field. Current delivery technologies do not provide adequate protection for actives, so they degrade quickly and lose their potency. A phospholipid membrane forms a natural shield that surrounds the AgriCell and envelops actives in a protective barrier. This barrier protects actives from heat, UV light, enzymes, and microbes. Actives encapsulated in the AgriCell degrade much more slowly and remain effective against pests for a longer period of time. As a result, lower doses of actives are needed.
The AgriCell releases active ingredients into the environment as its membrane breaks down. The membrane can be modified to increase its strength, which will slow its breakdown and, subsequently, the release of encapsulated actives.
AgriCells can be tuned to provide the optimal release timing for different applications. Faster release of actives may be desired for instant effect against pests; slower release of actives may be desired to provide sustained control of pests over a course of weeks. The AgriCell can be tuned for either of these applications to maximize pest control.
AgriCells are manufactured in a natural fermentation process. The end product is natural—produced by living bacterial cells. In addition, the fermentation process leaves an organic waste stream. AgriCells are non-toxic and biodegrade quickly when they reach the soil.
The biggest environmental advantage of AgriCells is their functionality: