The great innovation of ISCA′s products is that they use substances found in nature itself - the semiochemicals - to combat the insects that lead to agricultural pests. Unlike traditional insecticides, which use elements that are harmful to the environment.
ISCA extracts nature the chemical compounds used by insects and plants to communicate, the semiochemicals.
In agriculture, biocommunication contributes to the pollination process and the balance between different species, controlled by their natural enemies. The problem occurs when favorable conditions arise for the multiplication of a single species and the natural stability is broken.
Semiochemicals attract the bees to pollinate the apple trees, contributing to the development of the plant.
ISCA′s products are able to reestablish the previous balance. The intelligent use of semiochemicals allows the creation of traps that drive harmful insects away from the plantations or hinder their reproduction.
Agriculture consumes 70% of all water used on the planet, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Researchers warn that the intense use of this resource in farming threatens the capacity of springs and harms their quality, since many are contaminated by pesticides present in the discarded water.
Water preservation is one of the great environmental challenges of our time. Because they do not require water to be applied, ISCA′s products contribute to sustainable agricultural production. To get an idea of the size of this contribution, just take the example of cotton. Growers who use ISCA′s solutions can eliminate up to two applications of traditional insecticides each season.
A quick calculation gives an idea of what this means. The application of insecticide requires the use of 200 liters of water per hectare. Since cotton cultivation in Brazil occupies 1.5 million hectares, this means that a reduction of two applications per crop would save 600 million liters of water.
In the case of soy, which is cultivated on 39 million hectares, the reduction of a single insecticide application per crop would be sufficient for a saving of 7.8 billion liters of water.