Our nematode pheromone technology targets nematode behavior to control agricultural pests.

Bee-friendly insect control

Beneficial nematodes are safe for bees. They are even used to protect bees from small hive beetles. Nemastim directs beneficial nematode dispersal and infectivity behavior toward pest insects.  Nemastim + beneficial nematodes together make a composite biopesticide.

Plant-parasitic nematode control

Pherocoat acts as a repellent by telling plant-parasitic nematodes the host plant is already infected. Immediate target nematodes are sedentary nematodes including root-knot nematodes which are generalists and attack many crops.

Market forecast report on new technologies “composite biopesticides”:

Global Crop Protection Market, Forecast to 2023. Embracing the use of biopesticides- A key to sustainable agriculture by Global visionary science research team at Frost & Sullivan, K33E-88, May 2019

Peer-reviewed publications:


F Kaplan (Corresponding author), A Perret-Gentil, J Giurintano, G Stevens, H Erdogan, K Schiller, A Mirti, E Sampson, C Torres, J Sun, E Lewis, D & Shapiro-Ilan. (2020) Conspecific and heterospecific pheromones stimulate dispersal of entomopathogenic nematodes during quiescence. Scientific Reports 10,5738

Oliveira-Hofman C, Kaplan F, Stevens G, et al. (2019) Pheromones act as boosters for entomopathogenic nematodes efficacy. J Invertebr. Pathol. 164:38-42

Shapiro-Ilan D, Kaplan F, Oliveira-Hofman C, et al. (2019) Conspecific pheromones enhance entomopathogenic infectivity. J Nematology 51: 1-5

Kaplan F (Corresponding author), Alborn H, von Reuss SH, et al. (2012) Interspecific nematode signals regulate dispersal behavior.  PloS ONE 7 (6), e38735

General audience articles:


Kaplan F (2018) Composite biopesticides: exponentially better results for effective, safe and eco-friendly pest control. Medium.  It is also featured in the Global Crop Protection Market, Forecast to 2023 by Frost & Sullivan, K33E-88, May 2019

Kaplan F (2017) Why eco-friendly solutions? Medium.

Kaplan F (2017) New Wave Pheromones. Medium.