The Science of Specificity
Humans have fought insects for centuries — but sometimes with tools that didn’t reflect the fragile nature of our planet. While disease-carrying insects were the targets, other organisms were also affected — beneficial insects, fish, birds, and other wildlife.
From our very beginnings, the fabric of our research efforts has been built upon looking deep inside the mechanisms of life to reveal the benefits of cooperating with nature.
Through that process, we’ve found some powerful allies:
- Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis (Bti), strain AM65-52 and strain SA3A, naturally occurring soil bacteria
- Bacillus sphaericus 2362, strain ABTS-1743 (Bs), a naturally occurring soil bacterium
- (S)-methoprene, a juvenile hormone analog of mosquitoes
By formulating these substances into effective formulations, Valent BioSciences is able to deliver target-specific, biorational solutions that achieve the desired insect control while minimizing risks to other organisms and the environment.