Vestaron’s scientists are developing and advancing a game-changing new strategy for crop pest management. From a range of naturally occurring peptides with confirmed insecticidal properties, we select those that are potent against well validated modes of insecticidal action and are not inherently cross-resistance from synthetic insecticide use.
For a candidate peptide to function and perform as a commercial insecticide, we modify the natural molecular structure for favorable folding properties and for stability when exposed to enzymes. We must also confirm the lack of activity against mammals and vertebrates in general.
At that point, we synthesize the genes that encode for the peptide and put them into a yeast strain as part of a fermentation production system. This yields the active ingredient for formulation into a bioinsecticide for use in fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, and other high-value crops. We can also take those same genes and put them directly into plants to create plant-incorporated pesticides, which are a well-established and efficient way to deliver insecticides to pest targets.