Development of a textile with Silica coating for environmental friendly control of insects in agricultural production

International cooperation in the framework of the project

The consortium represents a horizontal and holistic approach covering all potential aspects of the product development and evaluation chain: research for innovative ideas and products, development of prototypes and pilot application. Based on all this, collaboration between consortium partners with mutual interests is expected to be extremely fruitful.

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The aim of this research is to develop an agricultural net which is eco friendly and non toxic and can actively protect plants against all kinds of bugs by killing them by its sharp coating. We are focused in ensuring sustainable supply of food without chemical contamination.

Our approach includes the development of nets with bigger mesh sizes to overcome the disadvantages. Plasma selection with regard to the polymer and the application. Develop a plasma coating process for the selected silica particles to cover the fibers homogeneously. To produce the fibers, a melt spinning process is developed with regard to particle processing, to the build-up of a coating and to the coated yarn and textile properties such as a low shrinkage to ensure further processability. After prototyping textiles, the coating process is upscaled to textiles. Finally, pilot greenhouse conditions are evaluated on the mesh to study the effect on the microclimate and on harmful insects in field trials.

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New mini-greenhouse experiment in progress

A new experiment is in progress in the framework of the AgriTexSil project. The aim of the experiment is the evaluation of a silica-coated insect-proof net for the control of Aphis fabae, Sitophilus oryzae, and Tribolium confusum. The irrigation system has, already,...

The publication of the UTH team at “Nanomaterials”

We are glad to announce the second publication of the UTH (University of Thessaly) team at the "Nanomaterials" Journal. The title of the article is: "Evaluation of Silica-Coated Insect Proof Nets for the Control of Aphis fabae, Sitophilus oryzae, and Tribolium...