Vestaron has been developing a powerful new strategy for developing insecticides.
Beginning with naturally occurring peptides which have known insecticidal properties, we select those that are free from mammalian toxicity. From those, we synthesize the genes that encode them and put them into yeast as a production system to yield a biological insecticide for use in fruits, vegetables, and ornamental crops.
We also take those same genes and put them directly into plants to create plant incorporated pesticides – which has been shown to be a very efficient way to deliver insecticides.
Finally, we have been modeling the active sites of these peptides, and look for synthetic chemicals that mimic the action of the biological insecticides for the economical production of synthetic insecticides. These are more amenable to the large scale production necessary to apply to large acreage crop such as soybeans, corn, and cotton.
Through these three elements of our development platform, we have a very cost effective and rational way to develop new insecticides!