New ways to kill bugs
PepKnot aims at developing naturally occurring peptide toxins into sustainable bioinsecticides.
Our compounds originate from marine worms that use peptides to hunt for prey. The same compounds are extremely effective killers of insects; PepKnot is now taking these compounds into tests against agricultural pests.
Green Pesticides from Natural Sources
Peptides are used by Nature as signalling compounds, hormones, for defence and for capture of prey. Recently, we discovered a novel family of peptides produced and used by ribbon worms. These peptides have strong effect on insect ion channels, and cause instant paralysis and death in e.g. cockroaches. The aim of PepKnot is to exploit this opportunity to develop peptides into biological and green insecticides.