Biofeed Technology

 Current Situation
 Most developed countries largely rely on environmentally hostile
 and poisonous insecticide sprays for pest control in agricultural fields.
 These insecticides not only come in direct contact with the fruit and
 thus pose a threat to end consumers, but also have a negative effect
 on the environment and are hazardous to workers and to the
 general public. Consequently, current demand is for a solution with
 zero fruit fly infestation and near-zero chemical residues.

 How does Biofeed work?
 Biofeed's innovative technology consists of a flat-panel baited device
 encapsulating all the chemicals required to attract, feed, and kill the
 Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), Ceratitis capitata (Wied.) and the
 Olive fruit fly, Bactrocera oleae (Rossi). Using about 50 to 150 units
 per hectare, the devices are suspended from trees at insect flight
 level, and attract the females before they oviposit in the fruit.
 The females are attracted to the poisonous bait
 (containing 0.02% spinosad), alight on the Biofeed surface and feed
 on it. Once fed the fly is doomed and dies soon after, before oviposition.
 Thus, not only the insect itself dies but its offspring as well.
 The Biofeed device acts as a long-term feeding station that lasts
 up to 6 months. Biofeed's technology intellectual property is
 protected by three patents.