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Cost effective solution against insects in long-term grain storage by natural diatomaceous earth

Project description

Killing bugs the natural way

Insecticides are toxic substances used to kill insects. Essential in modern agriculture, synthetic insecticides are effective in preventing crop losses and lowering the cost of farming but this practice has resulted in environmental contamination. For instance, the accumulation of some insecticides in the environment may harm wildlife and humans. The EU-funded PestiSi project is developing a natural alternative that can be applied during long-term grain storage. It’s based on formulated diatomaceous earth, which is made up of the fossilised remains of plankton. While it can kill any insect with an exoskeleton, it is completely harmless to humans and other mammals. The project will develop the commercialisation strategy and manage distribution channels.


The European Union targets to reduce the application of chemical pesticides, however due to the climate change and increased transportation, the problems related to pest invasions are increasing. We have developed a natural insecticide that can be applied during long-term grain storage based on formulated diatomaceous earth. Our product can kill all insects during storage with a long-lasting effect that is completely harmless to humans and other mammals. Our objective is to commercialise our diatomaceous earth as insecticide material during storage, to develop the commercialisation strategy (including pricing) and distribution channels in Europe as well as to scale-up and standardise our production.

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Net EU contribution
€ 549 311,00
Kenyergyari ut 10
2400 Dunaujvaros

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Dunántúl Közép-Dunántúl Fejér
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 235 419,00