|[December 12, 2012]
New Agricultural Electronic Insect Trap Saves Labor, Monitors Insect Data, Reduces Insecticide Use
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --(Business Wire)--
A new agricultural electronic insect trapping device has the potential
to automatically monitor insect pest populations and reduce the amount
of insecticides emitted into the environment.
The Z-Trap is an insect trapping device that automatically detects the
number of target insects captured by the trap and sends the data
wirelessly to the grower's mobile phone or computer. The Z-Trap is a
Purdue University (News - Alert) discovery being commercialized in the Purdue Research
Park by Spensa Technologies Inc.
"Tracking insect populations is a fundamental part of any pest
management program and being able to track those numbers in real time
electronically through a smartphone or a computer helps growers choose
how to use insecticides more judiciously," said Johnny Park, president
and CEO of Spensa and a Purdue research assistant professor in
electrical and computer engineering. "This device enables growers to
electronically monitor insect populations, reduces the amount of
chemicals emitted in agricultural fields, lowers labor costs and reduces
the amount of insecticides purchased by growers."
In the U.S. in 2010, crop growers lost $20 billion to insect damage and
spent $4.5 billion on insecticides, according to Park.
"Currently the technology is being used to collect data on codling
moths, Oriental fruit moths and leaf rollers in apple orchards," said
Tom Puterbaugh, Spensa Technologies vice president of products. "But
Z-Trap will eventually be used to collect insect data from other types
of crops including almond, walnut, orange, pear, grape, cherry,
vegetable, corn, soybeans and many other stored products."
Z-Trap is being commercialized through the Purdue Office of Technology
Commercialization. For more information, contact Jon Gortat, project
manager II, (765) 588-3485, firstname.lastname@example.org
Z-Trap can be used in conjunction with MyTraps.com, an online app that
helps growers and pesticide consultants track the number of insects for
any agricultural crops. The technology is available as an online
"Z-Trap is a hardware that collects insect data and MyTraps.com is a
software that presents the data to growers and consultants so they can
make insightful decisions about insect control," Park said.
Publication-quality photographs are available at http://www.purdue.edu/uns/images/2012/spensa-ztrap.jpg
A video of the Z-Trap technology can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch v=rfqUGixU5xE
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