School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Smart formulation of herbicides for precise crop protection

With a number of herbicidal active ingredients (a.i's) being phased out of use over past years there is an increasingly limited way of dealing with weed pests which result in immense crop losses every year within the EU. With the current low levels of a.i discovery coupled with widespread a.i resistance, and the use of resistant, genetically modified crops looking to be in the very distant future within the EU, improved formulation to increase selectivity and effectiveness of current ai's presents a real opportunity to help ensure food security for the future. The project aims to improve the effectiveness of current herbicide active ingredients through the use of active adjuvants, that is, additional chemicals added to the formulation to improve effectiveness through a number of means such as, penetrability, spray droplet size, inhibition of herbicide degradation pathways.