Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada

September 12, 2013 10:38 ET

Vive Crop Protection: Keeping Pesky Pests Away from Crops

Toronto-based company develops new particle to be used in the next generation of pesticides

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2013) - Vive Crop Protection is pleased to announce that it received an investment of $3.7 million from the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to develop an improved pesticide application distribution method that will translate into greater efficiency and reduced wastage.

Vive's Allosperse® particle will be used to hold pesticides and deliver them precisely where they need to go.

"Canada must nurture highly skilled individuals and new ideas that will help our businesses innovate, secure new markets and create well-paying jobs," said Minister Oliver. "By supporting advanced research and technology, our government is investing in Canadian prosperity and a cleaner environment."

"The projects announced today are great examples of the Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship that characterizes SDTC's portfolio, valued at more than $2 billion and brimming with innovative technological solutions," said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "Canadian cleantech leaders are continuing to create economic opportunities and open up avenues to new export markets."

"Canadian farmers want a more economical and effective way to protect their crops from pests," said Keith Thomas, CEO, Vive Crop Protection. "Thanks to support from the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Vive Crop Protection will further develop the Allosperse platform, precisely targeting pesticides where they act on crops."

The best crop protection happens when pesticides stay where they are intended to protect the crop, for example on a crop's leaves or at its roots. Vive has developed Allosperse®, a tiny particle that has unique properties: it has a hydrophilic (water-loving) exterior and an oleophillic (oil-loving) interior. Pesticides, which are also oleophillic, are loaded into the particle before application to crops. The next generation of Allosperse particles will have increased stickiness to leaves, avoiding run-off during the rain, and will penetrate leaves and seeds to offer systemic plant protection. Finally, the specially-designed particles will control the movement of the particle through the soil, allowing it to target pests at the plant's roots. Less product, and therefore less cost, would be required to achieve equivalent results, and growers can get better protection with less accidental surface water run-off and soil contamination.

This funding was a part of a $14.7 million investment announced today by the Government of Canada to support four clean technology projects.

About Vive Crop Protection

Vive Crop Protection was founded out of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto in 2006 by Prof. M. Cynthia Goh, (current member of the Scientific Advisory Board) and co-developers of the company's technology, Dr. Darren Anderson, Dr. Jordan Dinglasan, Dr. Jane Goh, Dr. Richard Loo and Dr. Gwynn Curran-Sills. Dr. Anderson was the founding President and is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Vive. Dr. Dinglasan developed the company's core technology and is currently Team Lead, Formulations.

Vive has received continuous funding since its inception from private investors, NSERC, the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Accelerator Fund, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation's Innovation Demonstration Fund.

About SDTC

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada helps commercialize Canadian clean technologies, readying them for growth and export markets. With a portfolio of companies under management valued at more than $2 billion, SDTC is positioning cleantech as a driver of jobs, productivity and economic prosperity.

SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.

SDTC works with the private sector, the financial sector and all levels of government to meet the Government of Canada's commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation.

Contact Information

  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada
    Patrice Breton
    Director, Communications
    (613) 234-6313 x295
    media@sdtc.ca