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Bioactive Peptides to Control and Deter Pest Slugs

Synthetic bioactive peptides have been developed from slug and insect neuropeptides that repel and deter slugs from feeding on agricultural plants. These peptides can be synthesized using standard laboratory equipment. Effective results can be obtained by applying the
peptides directly to the pest or its environment.

Benefits
• Deter slugs, including the gray garden
slug (Deroceras reticuatum)
• Peptides are specific and don’t kill non-target and beneficial organisms
• Novel peptides are commercially viable
• Highly unlikely that pests will acquire chemical resistance to the synthetic peptides

Applications
• Simple and specific peptide that can be applied directly to the slug, plant, or soil. can be either
through aircraft or personnel with backpack applicators

Patent Number: 
9,681,620
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
22.19
Lab Representatives
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