Flavocide™ is a nature-identical beta-triketone molecule produced by synthetic chemical means. It is patented by Bio-Gene as an insecticide and has demonstrated activity against a range of insect pests.
With the help of CSIRO, Bio-Gene has successfully developed a new chemical synthesis process for producing Flavocide which provides for significantly increased production yield compared with extraction from plant materials. The product has been initially formulated as an emulsion in water (EW) for use in a range of agricultural and public health applications.
Flavocide has a unique mode of action, which is of extreme importance as it could provide a means for addressing the
exponentially increasing problem of insecticide resistance to the existing classes of insecticides. Insecticide resistance is a major problem impacting a number of agricultural and public health markets. In particular, the development of resistance to pyrethroids by major mosquito pests is a significant problem in vector-borne disease control programs around the world.
Testing of Flavocide has been undertaken by both government research laboratories as well as by commercial collaborators, including significant multi-national companies involved in insect control products in a number of important market segments. Current programs include testing against pests of agricultural field crops, ectoparasite control in animal health, and control of public health pests.