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The agricell

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. 

SYNTHETICS AND BIOLOGICALS

Synthetics

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. 

Biologicals

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. 

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Field Stability

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.

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Controlled release

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.

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Environmentally friendly

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:

  • For synthetic chemicals, AgriCells lower dosage rates. By slowing down the degradation of actives and enabling their controlled release, AgriCells enable much lower dosage rates for chemical actives. Lower dosage rates mean fewer chemicals in the environment.
  • For biologicals, AgriCells improve performance and commercial viability. Biologicals are a class of active ingredients that are natural and hold great promise for environmentally sustainable pest control. Their adoption, however, has been hampered by their fragility in environment and by their high cost of production. AgriCells can stabilize biologicals in the field, enhance their efficacy, and lower their cost of production. Solving delivery problems for biologicals can make them commercially viable and provide sustainable alternatives to traditional chemical pesticides.