SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

Culigel® Controlled-Release and Pest-Management Systems


Culigel® Systems encompass novel controlled-release and water-management technology for pest-management applications in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Culigel® technology is based on nontoxic and degradable acrylamide and acrylate superabsorbent polymers that are formulated to entrap/encapsulate one or more bioactive agents used in pest-management applications, and then release them at controlled rates when activated by water. Bioactive agents encapsulated within Culigel® matrices are protected from environmental degradation or loss due to sunlight, volatilization, oxidation, microbial attack, run-off or drainage. Controlled release of mosquitocides from Culigel® granules is regulated by one or more inert dispersants that are admixed in the pesticide formulation to accelerate or slow the release of a liquid or solid bioactive agent from the microporous structure of the granular matrices. Release profiles of organophosphate larvicides, growth regulators, and larvicidal bacilli can be tailored to specific pest-control requirements by altering the type and/or concentration of inerts such as surfactants, emulsifiers, wetting agents, alcohols or salts used in the formulation. Culigel® polymers alone can also be used to physically control immature mosquitoes.

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Levy, R
Nichols, MA
Miller, TW
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Developed by Committee: E35
Pages: 214–232
DOI: 10.1520/STP20196S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5221-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1439-5