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Método electrónico de calentamiento seguro, de amplio espectro y sin contacto para eliminar plagas agrícolas


Oferta Tecnológica
Una consultora de investigación británica está desarrollando un método electrónico de calentamiento seguro, de amplio espectro y sin contacto para eliminar plagas agrícolas sin recurrir a pesticidas. La empresa busca socios con el fin de cofinanciar el desarrollo de un prototipo comercial. Específicamente busca una compañía especializada en tecnologías agrícolas interesada en soluciones innovadoras sin pesticidas o una compañía de ingeniería que quiera desarrollar una tecnología de radiofrecuencia innovadora para nuevas aplicaciones. El objetivo es establecer acuerdos de financiación o joint venture.


Safe, wide-area, non-contact electronic heating method for killing agricultural pests
A UK research consultancy is developing a safe, wide-area, non-contact electronic heating method for killing agricultural pests without recourse to pesticides. Seeking partners to co-funding development of a commercially usable prototype e.g. agri-tech company looking to innovate away from pesticide products and/or an engineering company looking to develop innovative radio frequency technology for new applications. Co-operation is sought on a financial or joint-venture agreement basis.
The levy resulting from pesticide use includes harm to human health, damage to beneficial species, toxic chemicals added to the food chain, soil and water supply, and regulatory and defensive expenditures. These costs are often hidden, long term and underestimated. The pesticide industry is valued to be around US$52 billion, and the costs of harm have recently been assessed as similar. Pesticide use might now therefore have outreached its benefits.

A UK consultancy has been set up to promote a new, safe, contactless pest control method utilizing innovative, disruptive technology. This can heat and kill invertebrates´ eggs, larvae and adults, even if hidden deep within a substrate (plants, soil, living and dead wood etc.), and yet leave the substrate unaffected. The method can operate over an area of tens of square metres in a timeframe of less than one second, and would fit to a tractor´s boom, for example, towed around a field in the same way as conventional crop protection systems.

To convince the markets of the potential of this environmentally sustainable, cheap, physical alternative to chemical pesticides, and to better understand the technology itself, a proof-of-concept experiment has been designed in collaboration with two leading universities. Additionally, the project has the support of the National Farmers Union, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and the Soil Association.

The consultancy seeks an innovative partner active either in agri-tech or in radio frequency power generation to support the development of a commercially usable prototype for field trials, and subsequently take the technology to market. Co-operation is sought on a financial or joint-venture agreement basis. The deadline for expressions of interest is end of April 2017.
Advantages and Innovations:
Innovation: There are no known uses of this heating method in pest control. This proposal therefore presents an innovative and disruptive technology to solve many pressing worldwide problems of pesticide use.

Advantages: The technology could be used in a very wide context, and only different delivery systems will be needed for each unique application:

· To kill slugs, replacing metaldehyde that is leaching into waterways and compromising water quality standards.
· To kill cabbage stem flea beetle, which have growing resistance to pyrethroids, and neonicotinoid-treated seed cannot be planted following imposed restrictions.
· To kill vine weevil larvae and adults for horticulture, where no chemical insecticide is approved for control in the UK in many applications.
· To enable the organic sector to more efficiently control pests, increasing yields and quality and allowing fairer competition, encouraging this sector to grow.
· To treat grain in silos for weevil, preventing up to one third of crops being lost during storage.
· To target and kill parasites on animals such as ticks, and carriers in herbage.
· For applications in the amenity sectors, which share many of the pesticide problems as agriculture, but include polluting counterfeit products used by small contractors.
· For killing invasive species such as fruit flies and Colorado beetle during packaging prior to importing in third-party countries without leaving chemical residues, reducing the number of detectable residues in harvested produce.
· There is a huge market for non-food applications, such as the destruction of wasp´s, ant´s and termite´s nests. The technology could also be used as a method for vector control of invertebrates, especially for mosquitos where the adult or the larvae (even in water) could be targeted.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
IP currently controlled by consultancy

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The consultancy is currently partnering with two leading UK academic institutions in a bid for government funding. However, a new partnership will be considered with either:

1. an agri-tech industrial company looking to innovate away from pesticide products for a 21st century solution to pest control, or

2. an engineering industrial company looking to develop innovative RF technology for a new application

The aim is to form a new consortium with the UK consultancy and one (or both) of the consultancy´s current partners, and which is funded/co-funded by the new partner in return for equity in intellectual property. The new partner can either actively participate in the research, or be a passive recipient of the benefits of the research.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Technology Keywords:
07001007 Agricultura de precisión
03003 Ingeniería de aparatos
07001001 Maquinaria agrícola / tecnología
02003006 Prototipos, ensayos y proyectos piloto