Inorganic Controlled Release Technology for Agricultural Materials (iCRT)
It is estimated that by 2050, we will need to double food production, to feed the world population. To effectively produce enough food, the agricultural industry will need to adopt new technologies to improve productivity whilst maintaining consumer and environmental safety.
Now more than ever there is an increasing amount of technology to optimise operations and output, agriculture 4.0 is here and so are some seismic changes to the way we consume and farm our food. For example greater disclosure is expected from consumers on the use of any pesticides, herbicides and antibiotics that might leave residue chemicals in produce.
Environmentally conscious consumers are increasingly turning to meet free diets and plant based food demand is growing, consumers are also more conscious about what runs off the farm into the waterways.
Lucideon conducts materials research and development, product optimization and technology transfers which are then licensed to customers to solve industry needs and problems.
What Lucideon Can Do for You
Our R&D is conducted 'in-house' for multiple industries, usually for a specific industry need. Advances for one sector can also benefit others via technology transfer. For example, our extensive suite of testing capabilities can help to identify formulation issues in a product.
Primarily, our technologies are inorganic silica based materials. By utilizing porosity, solubility, particle size and chemical structure, we are able to meet customer release rate requirements for actives including; pesticides, herbicides, biostimulants; microorganisms, small molecules, Molluscicides, Animal nutrients or Animal pharmaceuticals.
- Customized release rates for individual customer needs
- Sustained release from hours to months - leading to less frequent application rates
- Burst release followed by sustained release for fast action actives
- Delayed release - activated by a trigger such as water or acidic conditions.
- Improved availability of actives at the required time - more chance of being effective
- Improved control of pests with better targeting and prolonged exposure times to actives
- Only basic 'natural' elements are produced as residuals are left behind
- Particles can be milled for spraying over crops out of a nozzle
- Resistance to extreme conditions - heat, cold, chemical and pressure
- Less chance of 'scorching' precious actives
- Multiple actives can be incorporated into one product - saving money and time.
Crop Protection and Animal Health
Our current technologies have been devised to improve the delivery of active compounds to the target site without reducing their availability and effectiveness. Ultimately providing an increased yield and doing less damage to the environment than micro plastic alternatives; degradation products from iCRT are all 'resident elements' in the environment.