Fiber barriers for control of agricultural pests

Patent No. 6,052,943

Issued: April 25, 2000

Inventor: Hoffmann; Michael P. (Ithaca, NY); Schwartz; Peter (Ithaca, NY); Baird; Joel M. (Lansing, NY)

Assignee: Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. (Ithaca, NY)

The invention presents the use of non-woven fiber barriers applied to agricultural products or the plants to protect agriculturally or aesthetically valuable plants from damage inflicted by pests of agricultural or ornamental plants. Experiments with these fiber barriers have shown a significant deterrent to both the oviposition and feeding of a varied group of agricultural pests. This pest management strategy will be of significant economic value in the more pest sensitive phases of plant growth. Another positive benefit of the use of this system of pest control is that it may allow the elimination or moderation in the use of pesticides in commercial agricultural operations, home gardens, or the urban environment. In this way alleviating public concerns about the large number of pesticide treatments that agricultural products typically receive.

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