Pheronym, a bio-ag-tech pest control company that is a client of UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech and a former client of The Hub, has received the Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Award for its nematode focused pest control solution. The $300,000 award will help the company conduct field tests of its proprietary eco-friendly solution with a variety of produce to determine its efficacy for use by astronauts in the future colonization of the Moon and Mars, as well as for applications here on earth.
“It might seem strange that you might need pest control in outer space – but you can’t 100% eliminate the risk of contamination,” said Dr. Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym. “Nematodes, also called roundworms, are ever present in every ecological niche and infect insects, plants, and humans. Our ability to manage and control them will increase the chance for successful agriculture whether it’s on Mars or here on Earth.”