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A new technology has been created that can trap and destroy bugs and other small pests, and can even be used to identify them.
The super high-resolution magnetic photocatalysts (SRMMs) could potentially revolutionise pest control.
[Image credit: Jaihong Yang]A group of researchers at the University of Texas, Austin have developed a super high resolution, low cost, low-power, low maintenance magnetic photocattalyst.
These super high precision, high-capacity, high performance SRMMs could potentially eliminate pests from a wide range of agricultural, industrial and household applications.
In a paper published in Nature Communications, the team describes a super fast, high resolution photocatalysis that could be used in both commercial and agricultural applications.
The researchers say their SRM technology could reduce the cost of pest control and provide a low-cost alternative to traditional insecticides.
The team’s super fast SRM, which can be used as a microbicide, can trap up to 250,000 pests a minute in a wide area.
They also say the SRM could be an effective pest control method in pest control systems.
The researchers said the SRMs technology could potentially be a significant alternative to conventional insecticides that are often limited to a single application, such as spray on lawns or in gardens.
The SRM can capture insects that are trapped in the field by traditional methods, such at the plant level, or in soil and water.
The technology could also be applied to crop pests such as aphids, nematodes and scale insects.
The technology is a combination of three technologies: a photocatolytic process that allows for rapid, high throughput capture of bugs, a photocatalysis process that can selectively trap and remove bugs, and an ultra-fast super-high-resolution photocatalysing device that can track and trap and kill insects with a superhigh resolution.
The super high performance photocattalytic is an energy-efficient, high efficiency, fast photocatastic device that is capable of trapping insects up to 25 micrometers across and with a range of over 500 micrometer range.
The research is being led by Jai-Hao Yang, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
In addition to Yang, the research team includes the post-doctoral scholar David T. Riggs, the graduate student Jason W. Miller and the postdoctoral scholar James L. Rolfe.
The paper was co-authored by Ming-Liang Wang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Texas A&M University; Center for Biological Engineering; and the graduate students Tung-Cheng Cheung and Yang-Yun Lee.
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