Neuropeptide Insect Control Agent: Insects destroy billions of dollars worth of crops every year. Conventional chemical pest control has led to significant environmental damage and created pesticide-resistant insects. NRS and ARO are developing a new platform for safer pest control based on common neuropeptides. Unlike conventional agents, neuropeptides pose no health threat to humans and are unlikely to spur resistance in pests. Neuropeptides can eliminate specific pests through highly targeted interference with their neurological and pheromone systems. The method can be applied to a variety of insects that cause devastation to crops in the field, in storage and during logistics. The targeted nature of this technology is so specific that only the species of targeted insect will be affected without any impact on plants, soil, other insects or organisms.