Sustainable crop protection

SafeWax develops a revolutionizing strategy for multi-functional crop protection. SafeWax is a revolutionizing plant-inspired wax coating which exhibits a unique combination of super-hydrophobic, anti-adhesive and self-cleaning properties to protect crops from pathogenic fungi

 

SafeWax forms unique surface strucrture inhibiting the growth of pathogens
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wax crystals
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damaged pathogen
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About Us

SafeWax research consortium is an international research network with 5 partner organizations from 3 different European countries, led by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. This project aims at developing a universal bio-inspired spray formulations to control plant pathogens in a sustainable manner without using toxic pesticides. SafeWax technology will be demonstrated on grapevines, which are severely damaged by fungal-associated diseases. SafeWax generic coatings will pave the way to protect other commodity crops. Follow the project’s results in CORDIS: Sustainable Bioinspired Wax Coating for Multi-Functional Crop Protection (SafeWax).

Research Goals

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Excellent antifungal activity
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Facile spray application
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Non-toxic and environmentally safe
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Generic technology for crop protection
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    How will We Make an Impact?

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    Environment

    Facilitate eco-frinedly crop protection practicies to safguard animals, plants, soil, and groundwate

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    Economy

    Reduce economic burden posed by fungal vines diseases

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    Society

    Reduce the usage of toxic pesticides, which are harmful for both farmers and consumers

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    Food security

    Minimize global food crop loss caused by fungal diseases

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