Pheronym’s Fifth Peer Reviewed Study Shows Nemastim™ Significantly Improves Nematode Efficacy Against Pecan Weevils, Even in Colder Weather
WOODLAND, CA, UNITED STATES, February 29, 2024– Pheronym®, an ag-biotech pest management company, announced today the results of their fifth peer-reviewed study, this one focused on the efficacy of the company’s Nemastim™ on improving beneficial nematodes’ ability to control pecan weevils. Featured in the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, the study entitled, “Enhancing Entomopathogenic Nematode Efficacy with Pheromones: A Field Study Targeting the Pecan Weevil” describes the increased efficacy in insect control, even when temperatures dipped unexpectedly below 10 degrees centigrade, levels that reduce the effectiveness of beneficial nematodes. Successful biocontrol practices are a key strategy in reducing chemical pesticide use and promoting climate-resilient and regenerative agriculture. Keep Reading.
Pesticides’ carbon footprint is massively underestimated. We need better metrics for innovative technologies.
Crop protection does not have one big bad wolf pesticide like fertilizers’ nitrogen. According to phys.org (1, 2) “Manure and synthetic fertilizers emit the equivalent of 2.6 gigatons of carbon per year -more than global aviation and shipping combined.” For impact and climate investors going after one big problem with a significant impact is a no brainer. Calculating reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in terms of gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is easy because there are many publications and market reports available for climate and impact investors (3). Nitrogen alone cannot solve agriculture’s carbon emission problem because the bigger problem, crop protection, is overlooked and underestimated.
Crop protection has many medium size wolves which collectively create more CO2e emissions than nitrogen. Furthermore, GHG emissions produced by pesticides are massively underreported for the following reasons (4). Keep reading
We will keep you posted on the progress.
We are honored that Pheronym Inc. is one of 11 that made the cut in 2024 for the “Startups to Watch”. Each year, Sacramento Business Journal Inno reporter Mark Anderson identifies the top local startups set to make waves in the year ahead.
Davis-based Pheronym Inc. has developed methods to brew up pheromones that can control the actions of nematodes, whose thousands of species are the most abundant critters on earth.
About 20 years ago at the University of Florida, CEO Fatma Kaplan began researching ways to affect the behavior of pest microscopic roundworms by using pheromones, which are external chemical triggers that influence mating and other behaviors. Not all nematodes are plant pests. Keep reading
This article was also published in BizWomen.
Pheronym is honored to present at Seed Central’s 7th Innovators Showcase, hosted by UC Davis on January 11th, 2024.
The showcase is a valuable opportunity to connect with 40 startups from the Davis area.
Seed Central is a public-private partnership to energize the seed and ag-biotech industry cluster surrounding UC Davis. Their goals include reinforcing the collaboration between the university and local industry, attracting innovative companies to the area, and drawing attention to UC Davis as a place for advanced degrees and exciting careers.
Pheronym is looking forward to learning about and connecting with other local startups.
Join us in person on January 11th from 1-3 pm at the Buehler Alumni Center and 3:30-6 pm at the UC Davis Conference Center.
We are honored that our CEO, Dr. Fatma Kaplan is featured by SACRAMENTOINNO
Fatma Kaplan has managed to keep her ag-tech company Pheronym Inc. doing research and creating products on a shoestring budget with a savvy combination of about $2.2 million in science research grants, incubator space and fellowship opportunities and less than $800,000 in investor money.
Kaplan has been artful in her ability to put together backup plans that offer the company lab space for free or very low rates. Keep reading
We’re thrilled to announce we’ve been named a Deep Tech Pioneer by Hello Tomorrow! From thousands of applications their experts saw real potential in our solution.
Hello Tomorrow Global Summit is the cornerstone event dedicated to celebrating and accelerating deep tech innovation: connecting key people bringing solutions from lab to market and strengthening the deep tech investment network.
We will present on March 22nd at 2pm. You can register here with a 15% discount code MEETUSINPARIS.
Please come and talk to us about our technology in Paris in March!
Climate change is already affecting pest pressure in agriculture. A warming climate means pests have more reproductive cycles in a year and better survival over winter, leading to even more pest pressure in the spring. It also increases the risk of invasive and migratory pests and the diseases they carry (1). All of this adds up to more crop loss and food insecurity. How do we deal with increased pest pressure?
More synthetic pesticides are not an option!
Ninety-nine percent of synthetic pesticides are derived from petroleum (2). In 2021, 3.53 million metric tons of pesticides were used globally (3).……keep reading
Pheronym will be presenting at Entomology 2023 as part of a symposium titled “Woman in Industry: What are the challenges and how can we impact to influence”.
The event, organized by the Entomological Society of America,will take place in National Harbor, Maryland from November 5-8. The event will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the latest advances in entomology and the rapidly changing world of insects. Pheronym is honored to be speaking for a symposium as part of this event.
Join us in person from November 5-8 in National Harbor, Maryland.
Our CEO Dr. Fatma Kaplan will speak about her experience as a startup founder as part of the 2023 Startup Speaker Series, hosted by the UC Davis Student Startup Center, on Friday, October 20th at 1 p.m.
These presentations are in a simple Q&A format, with startup founders sharing
about the companies they built and the challenges they faced. The featured speakers are from various industries and will connect with students to help inspire them on their entrepreneurial journey.
Pheronym is excited to have the opportunity to engage with business-minded students at UC Davis!
Students: Bring your questions and join us at the Student Startup Center on October 20th at 1:00 p.m.