Fruit farmers typically bait insects by hanging a trap filled with pheromone-soaked cotton ball on a tree. However, because cotton ball contains a large empty space, pheromone evaporates too quickly. For this reason, the bait loses its efficiency especially in hot weather, farmers have to refill the bait frequently facing additional expense. Rubber foam mixture bait on the other hand can effectively control fruit flies and with going through less pheromone by 5-10 times. The method can preserve fruits as long as 90 days compared to 10-15 days in hot weather or 20 days in cool weather when using the traditional cotton ball method. The rubber foam bait method is being experimented by the farmers and in data collection phase to prepare for further entrepreneurial and commercial development.
High efficiency while also pheromone-efficient, can be used for a long time, continuous release of pheromone, and environmentally-friendly.
Out of 43 innovations in science and technology industry, insect bait rubber foam mixture received a gold medal at the Seoul International Invention Fair 2017 in Seoul, Korea, taking place during November 30th till December 3rd of 2017. The innovation also boosts the country’s capacity to handle over 4 million ton/year of rubber production.
Award: Gold Medal from Seoul International Invention Fair 2017, Seoul, Korea
Asst. Prof. Dr. Narit Thaochan, Asst. Prof. Dr. Ekwipoo Kalkornsurapranee, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aran Ngampongsai, Ms. Yawariyah Samoh, Ms. Rufiah Malee, and Kodeeya Taowan
Department of Pest Management, Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University