Eden’s products use terpenes as active ingredients. Terpenes are part of a diverse family of compounds that share a common structural element known as an isoprene unit. Many isoprene compounds are naturally occurring and are regularly encountered within the food chain as flavour and fragrance agents.
In nature, terpene compounds function as defence mechanisms in many plant groups and are synthesized in response to elicitor chemicals produced following infection, stress or mechanical injury. Because isoprene compounds occur in the food chain, with careful selection and formulation of terpene mixtures, their associated toxicity profiles are favourable, facilitating environmental and regulatory acceptance and offering the markets a far less toxic alternative to traditional chemical products. Terpenes have well-documented bactericidal and fungicidal activity, and Eden’s research has also demonstrated arthropod and nematode control capability.
Our development strategy began with extensive laboratory screening of terpenes, both individually and as mixtures, for antimicrobial and invertebrate-control activity against a wide range of species. This screening led us to use these plentiful but underused chemicals as the basis for developing antimicrobial and invertebrate-control agents that are both effective and environmentally friendly.
Research trials, conducted in the greenhouse or field, suggest that terpenes can prevent or reduce the impact of a variety of plant diseases and pests currently being tackled by methods considered to be either of limited impact or unfriendly to the environment. Target-specific terpene mixtures were then identified and continue to be developed by Eden to fight specific diseases or pests. Therefore, we now have intellectual property and expertise in the application of terpenes for a number of environmentally friendly uses.