October 2021

Farm Weekly, Shannon Beattie

Non-toxic dust offers insecticide revolution

A NEW generation of insecticide is on the way for Australian farmers, with the development of a natural pest control method, without toxic chemicals, in the works.

Synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) is a class of material that usually appears as a dust or powder and is manufactured industrially for use in a wide range of applications.

The product has been developed by Davren Global, a spin-off from the Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation, which is in the process of tailoring the technology to apply SAS at the right rate to control a range of economically important targets in onfarm grain storage …

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