Novel Nano-Pesticides for Animal Healthcare (2016–2019)

This project will use state of the art nanotechnology to develop a new generation nano-pesticide with improved safety and performance. Ticks and buffalo fly cause over $400 million/year in economic losses to the Australian livestock industry and are currently treated with highly toxic synthetic pesticides. Spinosad, a naturally derived pesticide with low environmental impact and low toxicity will be loaded into silica hollow spheres which will improve adhesion to skin/hair and protect against UV degradation. The nano-spinosad pesticide is expected to have enhanced efficacy and effective duration in field conditions compared to conventional pesticides, significantly reducing the cost of pest control.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
  • Senior Group Leader
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Centre Director
    Centre for Horticultural Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Affiliate Professor
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council