Sterile insect technique (SIT)
SIT is a platform technology for the control of insect pests that has been deployed effectively for over 60 years.
Sterile males of the pest species are produced and then released on your farm, where they mate with wild females. These females have no offspring, so the target pest is suppressed.
BigSis solutions are based on a proprietary, reinvented approach to producing sterile male insects, using robotics and artificial intelligence.
Prevention is better than cure
SIT is the only biocontrol that consistently outperforms chemical insecticides.
That is because regular releases throughout the season prevent the pest infestation from ever reaching the threshold where it would be economic to spray insecticides.
Lower average pest infestation mean higher crop yield and more profit for your farm.
Stellar environmental profile
SIT is species-specific and non-toxic. So it is completely benign to pollinators and other beneficial insects.
SIT substitutes insecticides, resulting in less pesticide residue on food and less pollution on land and in water. It also improves crop yields, resulting in less food waste.
SIT is compatible with organic farming, which has lower emissions than conventional farming. Also, BigSis uses local micro-production units to minimise delivery distances.
Approved for sale
BigSis solutions are already approved for sale in England and four USA states (WA, OR, CA and FL), because:
- sterile male insects have a benign environmental profile;
- SIT has a 60-year safety track record;
- BigSis uses locally-sourced insect strains;
- BigSis does not use genetically modified insects.
In other jurisdictions BigSis expects a light regulatory process, if any.