Revolutionary Organic Insecticide Discovered

Indian Neem tree astounds scientists

In response to the increasingly dire environmental problems caused through prolonged widespread overuse of toxic synthetic pesticides, researchers have intensified efforts to find alternate earth-friendly sources of natural organic insecticides.

Their search has resulted in the discovery of the so-called “Sacred Tree” of India – the Neem tree.  Relatively unknown in the west, the Neem has long been recognized by locals for its amazing medicinal properties.  For over 2000 years, a staggeringly diverse array of health products have been made from the tree’s flowers, trunk, leaves, and fruit.

However, it is the seeds of this remarkable tree that have caught the attention of agricultural scientists.  Containing the potent organic insecticide Azadirachtin, Neem seeds have become highly prized for use in a revolutionary organic insecticide named AzaGuard.  AzaGuard’s tenacious wide spectrum control of over 300 pernicious insect species utilizes multiple specialized modes of action to prevent insects from molting between the larvae, pupae and nymph stages.  Moreover, AzaGuard’s revolutionary scientific formula powerfully controls a wide array of dangerous plant nematodes, and powerfully repels insects, greatly reducing plant damage.

AzaGuard is a potent organic pesticide; it leaves no toxic residues behind after use, and is completely biodegradable, making it the ideal environmentally responsible successor to harmful, toxic synthetic insecticides.

Moreover, when applied at plant roots, AzaGuard’s unique systemic mode of action causes the Azadirachtin to move up through the plant’s xylem tissues, imbuing the plant with long-lasting, potent protection from insects.

Much of AzaGuard’s popularity also stems from the key role it plays in a wide range of Integrated Pest Management systems for sustainable crop production and disease control, and its high benefit-to-cost value in a vast array of common applications such as nurseries, greenhouses, mushroom houses, interiorscapes, turf grasses, shrubs, ornamentals and field crops.  Due to it’s systemic mode of action, it is recommended that AzaGuard be applied to transplants before planting, when pest levels are low.

AzaGuard has several other key benefits, including:

  • Applicable from seed right up to harvest
  • Non-phytotoxic at labelled application rates
  • Compatible with most fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers
  • Meets or exceeds all criteria of the National Organic Program (NOP)
  • Exempt from tolerances
  • Flexibly applicable via electrostatic, fogging, chemigation, low, ultra-low, or high volume sprays

Organic Prevention of Spotted Wing Drosophila

In July 2008, the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) fruit fly invaded North America with an offshore invasion of California. A few months later, SWD had spread like wild-fire, devastating 33% of northern California’s cherry crop.Spotted Wing Drosophila By August 2009, SWD had spread to Oregon, Washington, and even Florida, where it destroyed orange crops. Oregonian peach growers were particularly hard-hit in 2009, reporting losses up to 80% in some regions. By the summer of 2010, SWD had found its way into BC’s sensitive Okanagan valley, where it is estimated that close to a million pounds of cherries were lost due to SWD contamination. Similarly, blueberry, grape, raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry crops all suffered major losses due to SWD.

It is difficult to overstate the severity of the threat SWD poses to the North American fruit industry. Its primary mode of travel, hitch-hiking on the massive amounts of fruit shipped daily throughout North America, makes it very difficult to contain. Moreover, even if every commercial grower diligently kept their fields or orchards free from SWD, it would still pose a constant threat of invasion from nearby residential berry bushes and fruit trees.

Although American researchers have achieved some measure of SWD control using toxic pesticides, they have been largely unsuccessful in developing effective green-friendly pesticides that are usable by organic fruit growers, prompting Joe Sardinha, president of the BC Fruit Growers’ Association, to issue this grave prognosis: “I have serious concerns for organic fruit growers and how they are going to deal with [the SWD threat].”*

Organic Insecticide Breakthrough

Recently, however, significant breakthrough has been achieved for organic fruit growers through Biosafe System’s development of AzaGuard, an OMRI-certified botanical pesticide that contains the active ingredient Azadirachtin, a powerful pesticide naturally occurring in the seeds of the legendary Neem tree of the Indian sub-continent. AzaGuard is unique among organic insecticides due to its systemic mode of action; when applied as a soil-drench, AzaGuard stimulates intake through plant root systems, imbuing plants with residual, long-lasting protection from over 300 insect species including the dreaded SWD.

According to Vijay Choppakatla, Director of Research at the Biosafe Systems, AzaGuard’s systemic mode of action effectively prevents SWD infestation in two ways. First, it acts as an oviposition inhibitor and anti-feedant, repelling females from laying eggs on the fruit surface. Second, it acts as an insect growth regulator by interfering with molting, effectively killing SWD larvae by halting their development into adults.

* This quote, and much of the information in this article, is based on “To catch a beast”, Orchard & Vine Magazine, Year End 2010.


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Powerful Organic Insecticide Derived From Neem Seed

BioSafe Systems’ Director of Research, Vijay Choppakatla is interviewed by EnviroSelects’ Brady Vander Woude about why AzaGuard, a botanical insecticide, is a powerful, environmentally-friendly alternative to the toxic insecticides and pesticides on the market today.