Entries by Alina Kulakova

Wireless Networks Move Pheromones Towards Mainstream Pest Control

Precision agriculture isn’t just for cereal crops anymore. BC-based company, Semios is using wireless technology in orchards and vineyards to monitor pests and apply pheromones instead of commercial pesticides for crop protection. The system is a breakthrough for producers looking to reduce or replace insecticide controls, and is already expanding applications in orchard management. Pheromones […]

Pheromones offer green alternative to pesticide sprays

Sex chemicals confuse male insects into looking for love in all the wrong places. Don’t like pesticides being sprayed on your fruit? Some farmers are now turning to the green alternative of pheromones, the alluring chemicals female insects use to attract males. Pheromones are scent-like chemical signals used by many animals to communicate. For example, […]

Aerosol pheromones take off in targeting oriental fruit moth

Oriental fruit moths are going to be flying solo this summer if growers install an aerosol pheromone dispenser in their orchards. The new technology will disrupt the mating behaviour of this most damaging of orchard pests. Left unchecked, these moths would lay eggs which hatch into larvae that feed internally on apples, pears and stone […]

Semios Launches Frost Module for Precision Farming Platform

Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, launches a new Frost Module. “The Semios Frost Module, takes the guess work out of frost protection on a per acre basis,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios. “It alerts farmers when there is cause for concern and tracks the outcome of frost mitigation tools in […]

With Semios, Farmers Can Monitor Their Fields Remotely and Keep Pests Away

Paired with wireless sensors and cameras, aerosol pheromone pesticides have entered a new era of effectiveness and affordability. There’s definitely something in the air at John Freese’s cherry, apple and pear orchards in Central Washington. And that something is a cloud of pheromones—one that means fewer pesky moths snacking their way through his fields. For […]

Pheromone-based insect control does well in trials

A Vancouver-based agricultural tech firm is quickly making believers of Canadian farmers with pheromone-based insect control systems that virtually eliminate the need for insecticides. In a two-year field trial of a Semios computer-controlled remote pheromone delivery system on Allan Patton’s apple orchard in Oliver, the concentration of apple clearwing moths dropped from 200 per acre […]

Eight VentureLabs firms make ‘Ready to Rocket’ lists

Three start-up companies participating in the Simon Fraser University-led VentureLabs®Venture Acceleration Program were selected from more than 300 candidates Feb. 26 for this year’s 13th annual Ready-to-Rocket list of private B.C. technology companies with the greatest potential for growth. The VentureLabs member companies are PHEMI Health Systems, Semios and SFU spinout Lungpacer Medical. The list’s […]

Lessons from 3 Hot Cleantech Companies

Semios combines wireless technology, machine-to-machine communication, and pheromones for superior agricultural pest control. Founder and CEO Michael Gilbert – a chemist with experience in pharmaceuticals – set out to find a more efficient way for growers to use pheromones. While pheromone-based solutions have the benefit of being non-toxic (they control pests by disrupting their mating […]

Real-time agriculture: The connected farming revolution

Chemical-free pest control “Full orchard network coverage” is a term you don’t hear often. But it’s what Semios, a Canadian farming technology company, promises. More than just soil and water monitoring, the company claims its systems can trap, count and monitor pests, allowing farmers to set alerts and thresholds and even trigger the release of […]