Semiochemicals: A Sustainable Approach to Pest Management
ISCA leads the way in semiochemical synthesis and analysis to develop safe, environmentally-friendly solutions for pest management.
In nature, all living organisms have ways of communicating with one another. Some use verbal language, while other use nonverbal signals to send and receive information. Insects and plants use what’s known as “semiochemicals.” These organisms produce semiochemicals (such as sex pheromones) to send information that affects the behavior of insects. Receiving insects use this information to inform their behavior, such as finding a suitable mate or locating plants that will serve as viable hosts.
ISCA, a world leader in semiochemical development for pest management, has mastered how to use semiochemicals—including pheromones, plant volatiles, flower oils, sugars and proteins—to manipulate insect behavior in ways that protect crops and forests. By mimicking systems already found in nature, we can create sustainable agriculture while posing no threat to the environment or public safety.