The three-year development of new natural insecticide formulations based on inert dusts and botanicals in Croatia


Abstract: The authors describe a three-year research project financed by the Croatian Science Foundation, DIACROMIXPEST IP -11-2013-5570 on the development of natural insecticide formulation in Croatia in order to apply in the stored products protection. The significance of these formulations is the technology of mixing and various combinations of inert dusts based on Croatian diatomite with several Croatian plant substances. The synergy of physical and chemical mode of action of these formulations obtained better performance on insects compared with the same substances applied alone, but also slowed down the possible emergence of resistance. Given that all of the substances in the formulations of natural origin, there should be no concern about harmful residues of the insecticide in processed goods, on surfaces and in space.

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