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Development of environmentally-friendly biocidal products incorporating synergetic bio-active molecules

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The BIMOSYN project focuses on investigating the degree of synergy between bio-active antioxidants and conventional biocidal products with a view to producing more environmentally-friendly pesticides.

The BIMOSYN project, developed with EU support under the Seventh Framework Programme, focuses on investigating the degree of synergy between bio-active antioxidants and conventional biocidal products with a view to producing more environmentally-friendly pesticides. The goal is to use natural plant extracts with the potential for use as biocidal assistants in the chemical sector.

The study focuses on the inclusion of antioxidant assistants of natural or synthetic origin n the formulation of commercial insecticides and fungicides for domestic use and in pesticides for professional use. The natural assistants in question are derived from plants, fruit and plant waste such as pine bark, grape pips and extracts from medicinal plants. Including these assistants enables the proportion of biocidal products usually used in these formulations to be cut back, thus providing pesticides which have less impact on the environment. The area of application envisaged is urban pest control, specifically insects and the protection of wood against fungi and wood-boring pests.

The main goal of the project is to study the synergy between antioxidant bio-active molecules of different types and synthetic biocidal products included in the new European Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) 98/8/EC with a view to developing new pesticides that can be clearly distinguished from other products on the market. The idea of this strategy is for the pesticide to be competitive with others already on the market in financial terms and in terms of effectiveness while avoiding the problems associated with the high toxicity of rival products.

The main tasks of the project include the compilation of data on all basic antioxidant materials, extracts from medicinal plants and biocidal products required to conduct research into synergies between them. Formulations will then be drawn up that include the antioxidants and biocidal products selected so that their effectiveness can be assessed against the various European and international pest control regulations and standards. Finally, data will be obtained on semi-industrial treatments using the final pesticide formulations and cost analyses will be conducted in an effort to bring down the price of the final formulation.

Participants in the project: BERKEM, DTS OABE S.L., LINOTECH AB., QUADRIFOLIO, RUTLANDBIO, SLU, TECNALIA CIDEMCO

Project conducted with the support of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme, led by the REA – Research Executive Agency.

REA(FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement nº [262402]