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USDA’s Bird Repellent and Application Strategies Research

Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

European starling on corn by USDA NWRC Jim Carlson.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) studies repellent compounds, formulations, and application strategies for reducing wildlife damage. Recent work with Arkion Life Sciences resulted in five co-owned patented technologies using a plant-based compound called anthraquinone (AQ). AQ causes avoidance behaviors in birds and mammals through both visual cues related to the compound’s absorption of the ultraviolet spectrum and post-ingestive consequences (e.g., an unpleasant taste or sickness). Repellents and application strategies currently marketed and sold worldwide “trick” birds and mammals into overlooking food items or deter them from sitting or perching on items.

The NWRC is the research arm of the USDA Wildlife Services program.  Its mission is to apply scientific expertise to resolve human-wildlife conflicts while maintaining the quality of the environment shared with the wildlife. Arkion Life Sciences is a technology-based company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets environmentally friendly, proprietary products and technology.

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